RANDY GAUGLER, Director, Center for Vector Biology, Rutgers University, New Jersey, U.S.A.
AY 2005-2006 & 2012-2013, U.S. Fulbright Scholar, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt
Dr. Randy Gaugler, Director of the Center for Vector Biology at Rutgers University and an international authority on nematodes was promoted to Distinguished Professor in summer 2013, fulfilling a long held aspiration. Since 2012, Dr. Gaugler has added several other accomplishments to his remarkable resume. In 2012, Dr. Gaugler received the International Excellence Award from Rutgers University and the prestigious L.O. Howard Distinguished Achievement Award from the Entomological Society of America (EB). “My Fulbright obviously played a major role in my receiving the International Excellent Award from Rutgers,” Dr. Gaugler said. In 2013, Dr. Gaugler was the Memorial Lecturer for the American Mosquito Control Association and his lab published 14 papers, with six more accepted. In 2014, his team captured Rutgers University’s Team Excellence Award.
Dr. Gaugler’s Egyptian student, Dr. Manar Sanad, completed her Ph.D. degree at Cairo University and is on the faculty where she teaches several courses in biology. “I am delighted that we published excellent research papers on mosquito parasites in the International Journal of Parasitology, Journal of Nematology and the Journal of Invertebrate Pathology from her studies,” Dr. Gaugler said, “These papers, a key objective for my Fulbright, were principally analyzed and written during my time in Egypt.” In April 2014, Dr. Gaugler learned that the National Institute of Health research proposal he wrote during his Fulbright grant will be funded at $1.5 million, which is the largest grant Dr. Gaugler has received in six years. In addition, a patent filed by his team received an option to license from a technology company. “My interest in science in the Middle East continues unabated as I will deliver a series of invited lectures in Iran in fall 2014. I hope to stop over in Cairo during that trip as it is critical to maintain contact with my Egyptian friends and colleagues,” Dr. Gaugler said.