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Reginald H. Garrett

Discipline: Lifelong Learner Academic Coordinator

Reginald H. Garrett is Professor of Biology at the University of Virginia. He received his Ph.D. in Biology at the Johns Hopkins University in 1968 and joined the faculty at the University of Virginia later that year. In 1975, he was a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in Vienna, Austria, and in 1976, a visiting scientist in the Department of Genetics, Cambridge University (U.K.). In 1983, Professor Garrett returned to Cambridge and the Department of Genetics as Thomas Jefferson Visiting Fellow in Downing College. In 2003, Prof. Garrett was Professeur Invité at the University of Toulouse (France) and the CNRS Institute of Pharmacology and Structural Biology there. Prof. Garrett taught marine invertebrate zoology and coral reef ecology for 20 years in the Bahamas and Mexico, and he has traveled informally in the West Indies and Central America as a biology tourist. He is co-author of A Field Guide to the invertebrates of San Salvador Island, Bahamas. Prof. Garrett’s research interest is focused within biochemistry and molecular biology. His published research investigations include about 50 articles published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He is the author, with his colleague, Charles M. Grisham, of a widely used textbook, Biochemistry, the fifth edition of which appeared in 2012. Prof. Garrett has an abiding interest in science education and has taught biochemistry for over 40 years. Over the past decades, he has brought science to non-science majors through his course, Principles of Nutrition. He is also a strong advocate of study abroad opportunities for science majors. Prof. Garrett was Academic Dean for the spring, 2009 Semester At Sea voyage that circumnavigated the globe, and has sailed numerous times since then.