An Inventive Fellow

Creativity in science requires more than just subject mastery. Consider Douglas Nixon, M.D., Ph.D., Ross Professor of Basic Science Research, and chair of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine at GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), whose achievements in innovation have elevated him to the ranks of the best and brightest inventors.

Douglas Nixon, M.D., Ph.D.

Nixon, who leads GW’s Research Center for Neglected Diseases of Poverty, recently received the 2014 National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Fellowship, a high honor awarded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit in creating or facilitating inventions with real-world applications.

Nixon was the first researcher to identify an HIV-specific cytotoxic T-cell epitope. He also counts among his credits the Elizabeth Glaser Scientist Award and inclusion in the 2012 POZ 100, an elite group of scientists, researchers, advocates, politicians, and celebrities recognized for their contributions to ending AIDS.

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