Dr. Jean C. Pfau Receives Outstanding Master Teacher Award
Posted April 6, 2012
Dr. Jean C. Pfau, along with four other Idaho State University faculty members, received the 2012 Outstanding Master Teacher award and was honored at a reception on April 12.
Jean C. Pfau is an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in microbiology/biochemistry from the University of Montana.
Her first post-doctoral position was at the International Heart Institute where she studied cardiovascular graft materials under the world-renowned cardiovascular surgeon, Carlos Duran. In 2000, she joined the Center for Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Montana under a NIH post-doctoral fellowship to study environmental impacts on autoimmune diseases. When the Center for Disease Control began its work on the severe health consequences of asbestos exposures in Libby Mont., Pfau joined the team that has continued to work with that population for the last 10 years. Her work on asbestos and autoimmunity has been funded through NIH, CDC, and WWAMI research grants.
She joined the faculty at ISU in 2008, and received tenure in 2011. Two federal grants currently provide a rich environment for six undergraduate and three graduate students who are doing groundbreaking research, presenting their work at local and national meetings. Pfau teaches anatomy and physiology (BIOL 3301/3302), senior seminars, a cross-listed undergraduate/graduate immunology course, and a graduate seminar in toxicology. She is the director of the Flow Cytometry Core Facility, a member of the Advisory Committee for the Molecular Research Core Facilities and serves on the Curriculum Committee for the Department of Biological Sciences. She is also proud to be on the organizing committee for the Idaho Science and Engineering Festival.