Marcelo E. Tolmasky, Ph.D.

L. Donald Shields Excellence in Scholarship and Creativity Award, 2015-16
Department of Biological Science

The advent of antibiotics was a quantum leap in our capabilities to treat infections. The situation has become sort of an arms race. Can we win or, at least, keep up?
Antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest threats to human health, says Marcelo Tolmasky — but the biological science professor and his student researchers are working on developing novel treatments to overcome the problem. His research is cited and recognized around the world, but his main goal is to perform highly competitive, health-related projects with students.

Tolmasky, Cal State Fullerton’s 2010 Outstanding Professor, has received more than $4.5 million in federal funding for his research efforts and the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program, an international summer research experience for underrepresented students. The recipient of the L. Donald Shields Excellence in Scholarship and Creativity Award has authored more than 120 peer-reviewed articles, book reviews, and book chapters.