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Medical School mourns loss of popular professor

Martin Dworkin, Ph.D., St. Paul, Minn., died February 6 at age 78. Dr. Dworkin was a beloved professor who taught microbiology at the University of Minnesota Medical School for more than four decades. Microbiology “came alive through his experiences and the excitement he shared … about the scientific process,” wrote Ashley Haase, M.D., head of the Microbiology Department. A distinguished microbiology researcher himself, Dr. Dworkin was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for his study of myxobacteria (which can produce important chemicals for medications) and his role in illuminating the multicellular behavior and cell-cell communication between bacteria. He is survived by his wife, Nomi; 2 children; and 2 grandchildren.

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