Roberto Docampo, Distinguished Research Professor of Cellular Biology and Barbara & Sanford Orkin/Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, has been named the University of Georgia's recipient of the 2017 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award. The award recognizes professors with outstanding records in teaching and scholarship who serve as role models for students and other faculty members.
Dr. Docampo is a world-renowned researcher known for his work on neglected parasitic diseases including malaria, Chagas disease, and sleeping sickness. He also is credited with the discovery of the acidocalcisome organelle, which has a role in blood coagulation.
Dr. Docampo joined the UGA faculty in 2005 after serving as a faculty member at the University of Illinois. His career also includes serving as a visiting scientist at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and as a visiting professor at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and at Rockefeller University. He has written more than 300 peer-reviewed articles and chapters in top scientific journals, and currently serves as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.