Celebrate With Us!
The University of New Mexico School of Medicine celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. As a founding department of New Mexico's first medical school, the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology is also observing our 50th anniversary - and we invite you to help us celebrate.
Robert A. Orlando, PhD
Recipient of 2014 Erwin W. Lewis, MD, Award: Basic Science
The Erwin W. Lewis, MD, Awards are named in memory of Erwin W. Lewis, a 1977 School of Medicine graduate and much admired faculty member who advocated for a diverse student body and worked to create a culturally competent curriculum. Each year the graduating medical students select from 1,021 full-time faculty members and 535 residents the clinical and basic science faculty members and resident who have contributed substantially to their educational experience.
Vallabh (Raj) Shah, PhD
Sixth Annual Excellence in Research Award in Population Science
Dr. Shah has dedicated the last 17 years of his professional career to serve the Zuni Pueblo. His collaborations with the leadership of the Zuni Tribal Council and other health programs including Zuni Indian Health Services Hospital have empowered the Zuni community. Dr. Shah has built trust and successful collaborations with the leadership of the Zuni Pueblo, a major factor in the continuing success of the Zuni Kidney Project. Dr. Shah uses the information that he collects to help the Zuni community discover sustainable ways to prevent the diseases threatening their lives.