Jorge A. Piedrahita, a professor in the Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences, has been named the Randall B. Terry, Jr. Distinguished Professor in Translational Medicine. Piedrahita has been a member of the Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine for 14 years, led the Center for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research for several years and has served as the director of the Comparative Medicine Institute at NC State since its inception in 2015.
Piedrahita’s research focuses on stem cells, progenitor cells, and the development of models for their use in both human and veterinary regenerative medicine. He is the holder of several U.S. and international patents for work developed in his laboratory and is the inventor of several techniques and procedures in his field.
Dr. Piedrahita has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and is the author of several book chapters. He also serves on multiple editorial boards. Dr. Piedrahita is a highly sought-after speaker at national and international universities and for organizations around the world. He has also appeared as an expert on ABC, CNN, BBC Radio, NPR, and the Hispanic Radio Network.
In addition to serving on NIH study sections since 1997, Dr. Piedrahita has won numerous awards, including the Basil O’ Connor Fellow of the March of Dimes Foundation, the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence, the Ruth and Ned Huffman Leadership Award at NC State, and the Litwack Lecture Award at NC State.
The Randall B. Terry, Jr. Distinguished Professor in Translational Medicine was established in 2015 to create a $1 million distinguished professorship at the College of Veterinary Medicine at N.C. State University. The professorship is funded with $666,000 in private gift funds from the R. B. Terry Charitable Foundation and matching funds of $334,000 from the Distinguished Professors Endowment Trust Fund managed by the University of North Carolina General Administration. The professorship was created to recognize the generosity of the late Randall B. Terry, Jr., a High Point philanthropist, animal lover, and former president of the North Carolina Veterinary Medicine Foundation (NCVMF).