Diane M. Jacobs, Ph.D.

Diane Jacobs

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

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

Drawing upon more than 40 years of practiced experience in academia and microbiology, Dr. Jacobs has been serving as professor emerita of the University of Central Florida since 2008, where she formerly served as professor of microbiology in the College of Medicine from 1994 to 2016. During this time, she chaired the department of health professions from 2002 to 2008 and served as vice president of research and graduate studies from 1994 to 1998. Earlier in her career, she served the University at Buffalo as a professor from 1980 to 1989 and associate professor from 1976 to 1980, as well as East Carolina University, where she acted as associate vice chancellor of research and dean of the graduate school from 1989 to 1994. Likewise, she served the Salk Institute for Biological Studies as a research associate from 1974 to 1976. She commenced her career as a lecturer and instructor at the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School between 1967 and 1971.

A reviewer for the National Institutes of Health since 1977 and National Science Foundation since 1989, Dr. Jacobs holds a Bachelor of Arts from Radcliffe College and Doctor of Philosophy from Harvard University. She has contributed myriad articles to the Journal of Immunology, the Journal of Experimental Medicine, and Recent Developments in Mucosal Immunity. She has additionally maintained affiliation on the board of directors with the Central Florida Innovation Corp, as well as with the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools, where she formerly served as chair, president, executive committee member and board of directors member. She also remains a member of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, the American Association of Immunologists, the American Society of Microbiology and the New York Academy of Sciences.

As a testament to her success, Dr. Jacobs has been featured in several honors publications, including 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. Notably, she is a fellow of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions. Looking toward the future, she intends to continue enjoying her retirement through genealogy, writing and traveling.

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