Dr. Nejat Düzgünes is a professor in the Department of Microbiology. He was appointed chair of the department in 1991, is the school's student research coordinator and serves as the director of the microbiology course.
Düzgünes has served as the chair for an ad hoc review committee and a member of several other review committees for the National Institutes of Health. In 1988, he was a fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science at Kyoto University.
Düzgünes has authored or co-authored more than 190 scientific articles, edited 10 books and is currently an associate editor for the Journal of Bionanoscience. His current research areas are gene therapy for oral cancer and HIV/AIDS therapies. He is the recipient of the International Association of Student Clinicians-American Dental Association Faculty Advisor Award and Pacific's Eberhardt Teacher-Scholar Award.
Prior to joining the Dugoni School of Dentistry, Düzgünes worked at the University of the California, San Francisco as a National Cancer Institute postdoctoral fellow and was on the research faculty there until 1991. He also served as an adjunct associate professor of pharmaceutical chemistry at UCSF until 1997. Düzgünes received his Ph.D. in biophysical sciences from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1978.