McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine affiliated faculty member George Michalopoulos, MD, PhD, is the recipient of the American Liver Foundation's Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award for 2010. The award honors scientists who undertake novel work, mentor other researchers, and attract substantial funding over the course of their careers.
Professor Michalopoulos is the chair of University of Pittsburgh's Department of Pathology. Dr. Michalopoulos specializes in liver regeneration and was the first to identify hepatocyte growth factor and its receptor, c-Met. Dr. Michalopoulos, says it's an "acrobatic balance" to do his own work while mentoring others and managing the department.
Dr. Michalopoulos received his medical doctoral degree at Athens University School of Medicine in 1969. A residency in Anatomic Pathology and a Ph.D. study in Oncology were completed at the Wisconsin Medical Center, in Madison, in 1977. Dr. Michalopoulos moved to Duke University as an Assistant Professor in 1977, and stayed at Duke University until 1991. He then moved to Pittsburgh and joined the university faculty in April of 1991. In addition to his current appointment, Dr. Michalopoulos also served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences and Interim Dean of the School of Medicine from November of 1995-1998.
Of Note: Faculty Snapshots, PittMed (Spring 2011)