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Tracy and Budd Named University Scholars

The University of Vermont Graduate College has announced that two College of Medicine faculty members have been named 2009-2010 University Scholars. Russell Tracy, Ph.D., senior associate dean for research and academic affairs and professor of pathology and biochemistry, and Ralph Budd, M.D., professor of medicine and director of immunobiology, were honored at an awards ceremony and reception for the new Scholars held at UVM on April 28.

The University Scholars program recognizes distinguished UVM faculty members for sustained excellence in research and scholarly activities. The Scholars are selected by a panel of prominent faculty, based upon nominations submitted by UVM colleagues.

Tracy, who is an ABCC-board-certified clinical chemist, is the director of the Laboratory for Clinical Biochemistry Research (LCBR), which currently uses a wide variety of assays in research settings, particularly in the areas of coagulation, fibrinolysis, thrombosis, and inflammation. His research interests include the interrelationships of coagulation, fibrinolysis and inflammation, and their roles in the etiology of atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease and murine models of atherosclerosis. Tracy received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Syracuse University and completed post-doctoral training at the Mayo Clinic. After serving on the faculty at the University of Rochester for a year, he joined the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 1984.

Budd joined the UVM College of Medicine faculty in 1989. His research examines the signal pathways of cell death in the immune system, as well as immune mechanisms involved in Lyme arthritis. Budd is also principle investigator on a Center of Biological Research Excellence (COBRE) grant from the National Center for Research Resources at the National Institutes of Health, which helped establish the Vermont Center for Immunobiology and Infectious Diseases in 2007. He received a medical degree from Weill Medical College of Cornell University. After a residency in internal medicine and rheumatology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Budd completed research fellowships in immunology at Dartmouth, Ludwig Institute in Switzerland and Stanford University.

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