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George S.Mourad
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Dr. Mourad earned his Ph.D. in genetics from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and had his postdoctoral research at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. He joined Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) in 1993 as Assistant Professor of Biology and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1998 and Professor in 2003.

His research in plant genetics resulted in the development of several herbicide resistant genes and identified novel nucleobase membrane transporters. His findings in improving the nutritional value of plants were filed by Purdue University in international and local patents. He received the Researcher of the Year Award in 1998 from Sigma Xi Research Society-Fort Wayne Club and was elected Chair of The Research Grants Committee of Indiana Academy of Sciences (1997-2001).

He served as panelist for the EPA and peer-reviewer for the USDA. He directed IPFW's biology graduate program (2004-2011) and is currently IPFW's Director of Graduate Studies.