The Flagstaff Arts Council Board of Directors selected Dr. Paul Keim Ph.D. as a 2020 Viola Legacy Award recipient for his lifelong contribution to the sciences. He is a critical participant in the development of diagnostics and has made Flagstaff an international leader in genomic research. He actively works to bridge the gap between Northern Arizona University and the community. And, his work exemplifies science exploration and research that is not as well known to the broader public in Flagstaff. He is the co-director of the Pathogen Genomics Program, which is a joint program between the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and the Northern Arizona University (NAU), which results in a unified approach to protecting America against dangerous pathogens, in particular Bacillus anthracis (anthrax).

Over a thousand NAU students have participated in Dr. Keim’s research and his leadership of TGen North is a critical part of Flagstaff’s sciences sector.

Dr. Keim is also a Regents Professor of Biology, Cowden Endowed Chair in Microbiology, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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