Diane Jacobs

Diane Jacobs

Title: Professor Emerita
Company: University of Central Florida
Location: Winter Park, Florida, United States

Diane Jacobs, Professor Emerita at University of Central Florida, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of education.

An outstanding educator with a passion for microbiology, Dr. Jacobs has found enormous success teaching at a collegiate level.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Radcliffe College and while there, she spoke to the president of the institution, a microbiologist who mentored her. The president of the institution had been invited to an event at Harvard University’s microbiology department and since she had shown an interest in the field of study, Dr. Jacobs had been allowed to accompany the president. Delighting in the work the women of Harvard’s microbiology department conducted, she decided to pursue the field of study and graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy from Harvard University.

Dr. Jacobs engaged others with her talents and has held numerous positions throughout her career. She has been a research associate for the Salk Institute of Biological Studies in La Jolla, CA, and a professor of microbiology at the University at Buffalo. Dr. Jacobs has served East Carolina University as a dean of graduate school, the associate vice chancellor of research and a professor of biology. Furthermore, she spent over two decades with the University of Central Florida as the vice president for research and graduate studies, chair of the department of health professions and a professor of molecular biology and microbiology. Due to her dedication to the institution, Dr. Jacobs has been professor emerita since 2016.

In addition to her aforementioned responsibilities, Dr. Jacobs has contributed articles to the Journal of Immunology, the Journal of Experimental Medicine and Recent Developmental Mucosal Immunity. She has offered her expertise as a reviewer for the National Science Foundation since 1989, the National Institutes of Health since 1977 and is on the board of directors for the Central Florida Innovation Corporation. In her spare time, Dr. Jacobs enjoys travel and genealogical research.

Bettering any organization with which she is affiliated, Dr. Jacobs has been councilor of the Oak Ridge Association of Universities, president of the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools and holds membership with the American Society for Microbiology. She is delighted to witness the growth of women in the field of microbiology and hopes this trend will continue. In recognition of her success, Dr. Jacobs has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who of American Women.

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