The tenure-track faculty includes present and past members who have received particularly distinctive recognition. Coffin holds a research professorship from the American Cancer Society. Coffin and Isberg are members of the National Academy of Sciences. Isberg, Camilli and Waldor are Investigators of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Isberg and Camilli were winners of the Eli Lilly Award of the American Society for Microbiology. Coffin, Isberg, Moore, Squires, Kumamoto, Waldor and Sonenshein have all been awarded the Zucker Prize for research excellence. Squires served as President of the American Medical School Microbiology and Immunology Chairs in 2000. Schaechter and Levy are past Presidents of the American Society for Microbiology. Levy is also a winner of the Hoechst Marion Roussel Award in antibiotic chemotherapy and the Hamao Umezawa Memorial Award from the International Society of Chemotherapy. Isberg, Camilli, Lazinski and Heldwein were designated special scholars of the Searle or Pew or Sackler Foundations. Heldwein also received an NIH Innovator Award and a Burroughs-Wellcome award in infectious disease research. Camilli, Coffin, Goldberg, Isberg, Levy, Malamy, Moore, Park, Sonenshein, Squires and Wright are Fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology. Levy, Sonenshein, Squires and Wright are Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
As important as hiring of outstanding faculty members has been to the success of the department, an equally crucial decision was made by Schaechter when he chose Verna Manni Brevard to serve as our Department Manager. She has served in this position under Schaechter, Sonenshein (twice), Squires and Leong. In addition to expertly managing the financial affairs of the department, Verna is the person most likely to be sought out by faculty, students, postdoctoral fellows and staff. Moreover, she is an incredible resource for the administration of the medical school and the university. In 2011 her accomplishments were recognized by the university with a Tufts Distinction Award.