Siddhartha Thakur, an associate professor of molecular epidemiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, is a recipient of the North Carolina State University’s University Faculty Scholars honor for 2014-15.
NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson announced the award which recognizes top early- and mid-career faculty members and is part of the university’s strategic initiative to invest in and retain top faculty.
As a Faculty Scholar, Thakur will receive $10,000 in donated funds for each of the next five years. The funds will be used, in part, to support his research into the complex chain of events that lead to the development of antimicrobial resistance in bacterial pathogens that affect animal and human health.
Faculty members eligible for the award include assistant professors who have been reappointed for a second term; associate professors; and full professors within the first three years of appointment. Nominees are evaluated based on evidence of their significant achievements in scholarship, teaching and/or service appropriate to their rank and discipline.
A member of the CVM Department of Population, Health and Pathobiology, Thakur also heads the Emerging, Infectious and Zoonotic Diseases research core in the NC State Center for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research (CCMTR).
The core, which integrates basic and clinical research, involves initiatives of more than 45 collaborating scientists from three different colleges at NC State and researchers from the University of North Carolina and Duke University. Core focus areas include molecular pathogenesis, antibiotic resistance, microbial diversity, pathogen detection, therapeutics and vaccines, and the effects of the environment on infectious disease.
Prior to his NC State faculty appointment in 2007, Thakur was an Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Research Fellow for the Federal Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine. He received a doctorate in population medicine from the NC State in 2005. He has a master’s degree in Veterinary Science, Veterinary Public Health from the Indian Veterinary Research Institute.
Sid Thakur also is a recipient of a Faculty Research Award presented by the NC State Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society and the Larry Beuchat Young Researcher Award from the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP). Both honors were given in 2012.