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Oberlies and Maher Named UNCG’s 2024 Research Excellence Awardees

Janet Imrick | Wed Mar 27, 2024

Oberlies has garnered significant grant funding, including being the principal investigator on a R21 award from the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for approximately $400,000 focused on investigating fungi for potential anti-malarial drugs. One of Oberlies’s many strengths is his ability to collaborate successfully with researchers worldwide. For example, he is a principal investigator on one arm of a P01 grant investigating anticancer agents, which has been renewed twice, resulting in over $7 million in research funding.

Due to his research productivity and innovative approaches, Oberlies has been recognized as a leader both within UNCG and across his field. He received a Distinguished Speaker Award from the American Chemical Society in 2011, UNCG’s Junior Research Excellence Award in 2015, and the Matt Suffness Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Pharmacognosy in 2005. Oberlies is a strong mentor, having advised 6 postdoctoral associates, 22 graduate students, and scores of undergraduates. Many of his graduate students published extensively during their studies, with two students publishing 11 research articles each from their time in Oberlies’s laboratory.