Acting Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences
Michael San Francisco, Ph.D.
Dr. San Francisco joined Texas Tech University as an Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences in 1990 and was promoted to full Professor in 2004. He also is a Professor at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He came to the United States for his graduate education from India where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1977. He attended Boston University earning his Master of Science (biochemical ecology) in 1980 and Ph.D. (biology-microbiology) in 1984. He did post-doctoral research at the University of Maryland in biochemistry and molecular biology (1984-1987) and subsequently at The Ohio State University (1987-1990), in biotechnology.
Dr. San Francisco served as Interim Chair of Biological Sciences at Texas Tech University from 1997-1998. He has been the Director of the Clark Scholars Program since 1997. This Program provides an all expenses paid 7-week intensive research experience for high school students from across the nation and globe. He was Director of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Science Education Program, 2005-2008 (CISER Web site), and now is Associate Director for undergraduate research. He also serves as Co-Director at the Center for the Integration of Science Education and Research, (2007-present). He also served as the faculty director for the Joint Admissions Medical Program, (2001-2008), a program run by the State of Texas for those students who are academically eligible and economically underprivileged who wish to attend medical school.
Dr. San Francisco teaches general microbiology and advanced courses in microbiology to upper level and graduate students. He has graduated seven doctoral students and nine master's students from his laboratory. He has also served as undergraduate research mentor to more than 55 students including TTU/HHMI, National Science Foundation-Research Experiences for Undergraduate and Honors College students.
He received the Hemphill Wells New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award in 1993 and the President's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009. Dr. San Francisco has received grants from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Defense-SBCOM and Office of the Vice President for Research. He has served on proposal review panels for the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation and as ad hoc reviewer for a variety of funding agencies and scientific journals. His scientific research and publications are primarily in the areas of molecular mechanisms of microbial drug resistance and the molecular and biochemical basis of symbiotic and pathogenic interactions of microorganisms with their plant and animal hosts. His research currently focuses on the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis that has been identified as an agent in the global decline of amphibians.
Dr. San Francisco is married to Dr. Susan San Francisco. They have two children, two dogs and three birds. He likes to read, cook and play tennis.