Dr. Wallace McKeehan, editor of the InVitro Animal Journal of Cellular & Developmental Biology received the prestigious Texas A&M University Regents Professor Service Award. The Regents Professor award is bestowed by the University Chancellor and Board of Regents and recognizes the highest contributions in the areas of distinguished service, research, teaching/educational delivery and/or scholarship. The award carries the lifetime title of Texas A&M University Regents Professor.
Wallace McKeehan, PhD, is J.S. Dunn Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, Institute of Biosciences and Technology (IBT), Houston Texas. Dr. McKeehan is IBT Director, Center for Cancer Biology and Nutrition and serves as a member of the Texas A&M Graduate Faculty of Nutrition and Biomedical Sciences. He serves as Adjunct Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Baylor College of Medicine.
Dr. McKeehan received his undergraduate degree in chemistry, University of Florida and a PhD in chemistry, University of Texas-Austin. Prior to his position at IBT, Dr. McKeehan was Deputy Director and Senior Scientist, W. Alton Jones Cell Science Center, Lake Placid, NY. He is co-founder Upstate Biotechnology, Inc. and held adjunct faculty positions at the University of Vermont and Clarkson University.
Dr. McKeehan’s decades of research have been to determine and understand the molecular mechanisms and assembly of Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF) and Transforming Growth Factor (TGF). These research studies have been instrumental in determining how polypeptide growth factors and cytokines control the growth and cellular specialization of prostate, liver, vascular and neural tissue systems. The scientific work of Dr. McKeehan has impacted the understanding of normal tissue development, function and cellular regulatory pathways that underlie such diseases as cancer, stroke, atherosclerosis, liver and neural disease processes.