September 27,2011

Wright State honors Christopher Wyatt, Ph.D., with Early Career Achievement Award

Dr. Christopher WyattDAYTON, Ohio—Wright State University has recognized Christopher Wyatt, Ph.D., assistant professor, neuroscience, cell biology and physiology, with its Presidential Award for Early Career Achievement. The award recognizes excellence in teaching, scholarship and service during the first four years of a faculty member’s appointment.

“Dr. Christopher Wyatt is an outstanding new faculty member at Wright State University,” said Robert Putnam, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Departmental Promotion and Tenure Committee in the Department of Neuroscience, Cell Biology and Physiology. “He has a well-funded and successful research laboratory, is an excellent, innovative and effective educator both in the classroom and the laboratory and has provided increasingly involved and productive service to the university and to the scientific community.”

Wyatt is a nationally recognized scientist dedicated to research and education. In his four years at Wright State, he has published 15 papers in prestigious journals, been invited to give seminars across the country, and received $1.4 million in grant money to fund his research.

“This is an amazing accomplishment in this day of highly competitive funding and is a testament to the importance and impact of his research,” said Putnam.

Wyatt’s research in the field of oxygen sensing holds great potential for translation into treatments for health problems such as sleep apnea and sudden infant death syndrome. He has recently begun to collaborate with Galleon Pharmaceuticals, a company focused on respiratory disorders, receiving funding to study the effects of putative respiratory stimulants on carotid type-1 cells.

“Chris thrives because of combined prowess in critical and creative thinking, clear and effective communication and a dedicated work ethic,” said Timothy Cope, Ph.D., chair and professor, Department of Neuroscience, Cell Biology and Physiology.

A native of Great Britain, Wyatt earned his Ph.D. from the University of Leeds, UK.

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