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St. Louis University Professor Duane Grandgenett Receives Minnesota State Mankato Distinguished Alumni Award

Duane Grandgenett, who grew up on a farm in northern Iowa and is currently a resident of St. Louis, Mo., recently received the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

2012-05-16
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [5-8-12]

Duane Grandgenett, who grew up on a farm in northern Iowa and is currently a resident of St. Louis, Mo., recently received the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Grandgenett, a full professor at Saint Louis University, is one of 10 2012 alumni award winners. He was honored at an April 20 ceremony hosted by the Minnesota State Mankato Alumni Association.

Alumni Achievement Awards go to graduates who have achieved high rank or honor in their professions and have had a major impact on their communities.

Grandgenett graduated in 1966 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He went on to receive his master’s degree and doctorate in microbiology from the University of Iowa in 1970. He did his post-doctoral training at the Institute for Molecular Virology at Saint Louis University and was subsequently hired there as an assistant professor. In 1981, he was promoted to full professor.

Back in the 1970s, Grandgenett had a unique idea. He wanted to know how retroviruses integrate their genome into the DNA of virus-infected cells. After some serious research and experimentation, Grandgenett and a team of scientists at Saint Louis University discovered an enzyme called integrase in 1978. This discovery would have tremendous impact in the development of effective treatments and medications for HIV and AIDS, affecting more than 33 million people worldwide.

Grandgenett continues to produce new and exciting research on integrase and its implications. He has published more than 90 papers, has spoken at countless national and international conferences and has received numerous grants in support of his work. Grandgenett has received a Faculty Research Award from the American Cancer Society and in 2011, he received the Fellow Award from the Academy of Science – St. Louis for outstanding achievement in science.

Those who want more information about the April 20 awards event may go to http://www.mnsu.edu/alumni/awards/ or call (507) 389-3235.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,649 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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