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Dr. Streckfus Named Outstanding Mentor of 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013 - 1:02pm

The Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award for 2013 goes to Professor Charles Streckfus, DDS (left). Dean John Valenza, DDS, announced the winner at the Fall Faculty Assembly. Photo by Brian Schnupp.

The Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award for 2013 goes to Professor Charles Streckfus, DDS (left). Dean John Valenza, DDS, announced the winner at the Fall Faculty Assembly. Photo by Brian Schnupp.

Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences Professor Charles Streckfus, DDS, MA, was honored as “Outstanding Mentor of the Year” at the Fall Faculty Assembly at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston.  He was nominated by Assistant Professor Juliana Barros, DDS, MS, and Assistant Professor Shalizeh Patel, DDS.

The Faculty Development and Evaluation Committee reviews all submissions for the award and sends a recommendation to the dean, who determines the winner.

Barros and Patel praised their colleague for his support and guidance as they developed collaborations with UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and the BioScience Research Collaborative Center at Rice University. Streckfus also helped the two with study design, grant proposals and preparing submissions for peer-reviewed publications.

Although world-renowned for his work in salivary diagnostics, Streckfus “still manages to advise, encourage and support undergraduate dental students (in both preclinical and clinical settings) and faculty,” Patel wrote. “His kind words and humble demeanor put me at ease every time I walk into his office and ask for help.”

Streckfus is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Dental Surgery and also earned a master’s degree at Towson State University. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Oral Medicine and of the American Academy of Dentistry.

He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles. His many honors and awards include the President’s Award for Scientific Excellence, presented by the International Society for Preventive Oncology in 2002 for his discovery of salivary Her2/neu as a biomarker for breast cancer.  That discovery led to his current work at UTSD, where he is investigating an array of protein biomarkers in saliva for breast and other related cancers.