Carl Franzblau, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Biochemistry and associate dean Division of Graduate Medical Sciences at Boston University is recipient of the Distinguished Ph.D. Alumnus Award from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Franzblau is a member of the class of 1962 and was one of the first students to be awarded a Ph.D. at Einstein.
Einstein College of Medicine recognized Franzblau’s many achievements including his extensive publishing in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases focusing on the role of connective tissue proteins in those disease processes. His key role in describing the nature of the chemical cross-links in collagen and elastin as well as describing the synthesis of these structural proteins in cell culture was also highlighted.
At the National Institutes of Health, Franzblau served on the Advisory Councils of the Heart Lung and Blood Institute and the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, and chaired the Cardiovascular A study section.
Franzblau has also developed City Lab Academy at Boston University School of Medicine which is a free nine-month academic and laboratory skills training program for qualified high school graduates interested in pursuing a career and further education in biotechnology.