Dr. Roberto Docampo, Professor of Cellular Biology and a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, has been named Distinguished Research Professor. This title is awarded to faculty who are recognized internationally for their original contributions to knowledge and whose work promises to foster continued creativity in their discipline.
Dr. Docampo is renowned for his work on Chagas disease in Latin America and sleeping sickness in sub-Saharan Africa. He is credited with discovering a new organelle inside the parasites that is responsible for numerous cell functions required for parasite growth and replication. The organelles are excellent targets for the chemotherapy of a number of neglected and tropical diseases.