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Agrawal Receives Creighton’s Distinguished Faculty Service Award

Devendra K. Agrawal, Ph.D., associate dean for Clinical and Translational Research at Creighton University School of Medicine, has earned the University’s Distinguished Faculty Service Award for 2012.

The award is presented annually in February during Creighton University’s Founders Week.

Holder of the Peekie Nash Carpenter Endowed Chair, Agrawal’s lengthy and impressive career documents a solid history of achievement – as a researcher, scholar and administrator – since his arrival at Creighton in 1985.

Equally impressive are his exceptional skills as a master educator, mentoring everyone from first-year medical students to clinical fellows and junior faculty members. He has taken under his wing more than 40 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who have gone on to become successful biomedical researchers and physicians in their own rite.

Agrawal has received Creighton’s Outstanding Mentor Award, University Research Award, Distinguished Professor Award from the School of Medicine, and Distinguished Faculty Award from the Health Sciences Multicultural Affairs Program.

As the holder of six active RO1 awards – the most prestigious of awards from the National Institutes of Health – he ranks among a very elite group. In 2009 – the most recent year for which statistics are available – only 18 U.S. researchers or less than one-tenth of one percent of NIH awardees – could claim this distinction. His major research interests include the pathophysiology of allergy and bronchial asthma as well as the mechanisms underlying intimal hyperplasia, restenosis and plaque stability.

Agrawal holds a master’s degree in chemistry, a doctorate in medical sciences, and a master’s degree in business administration and information. He is a fellow of the American Heart Association; the Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Council; and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. He serves on the editorial boards of several publications and is a founding member of the Hindu Temple in Omaha.