Dr. Donald R. Nash is a distinguished immunologist, bacteriologist and educator who amassed over 30 years in his field prior to his retirement in 1999. After earning a doctorate degree from the University of North Carolina in 1967, he went on to serve as a postdoctoral fellow at the university for one year before transferring overseas to the University of Louvain in Belgium from 1968 to 1970. A past associate professor at the University of Hawaii School of Medicine, he was also a senior research scientist with the World Health Organization in Lausanne, Switzerland, until 1972.
From there, Dr. Nash began serving the University of Texas Health Science Center in Tyler, Texas, commencing his tenure as an associate professor, a role he held until 1992. During this time, he also served the center as a director of hybridoma core until escalating to a full professor before his retirement. Likewise, he was a noted associate director of the Center for Pulmonary Infectious Disease Control for seven years, which he cites as an absolute career highlight. Sponsoring and developing the center during his career, he was able to get the University of Texas to open the department to support physicians treating tuberculosis. Since then, physicians have been afforded the opportunity to conduct tuberculosis research and give lectures to physicians and other medical professionals across Texas.
Since 1975, Dr. Nash has continued to serve the University of Texas at Tyler as an adjunct professor. Becoming involved in his professor from an early age, he found the process of immunology exciting, noting the challenge of discovering root causes of disease garnered significant work and effort. In the late 1960s, immunology served as an important subject, tracing its roots back to the 1930s. Dr. Nash desired to proceed with the study of the immune system and learn how it affected individuals.
Born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Dr. Nash currently lives in Plymouth, Massachusetts, with his wife, Mary B. Campbell. He has one son, Brendon. Citing his mentors as Dr. John Schwab from the University of North Carolina and Joseph Heremans – a top professional in the field of immunology – Dr. Nash has been highlighted in several Who’s Who publications.
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