COSAM News Articles 2021 November Paul Cobine selected as new Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences

Paul Cobine selected as new Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences

Published: 11/09/2021

By: Maria Gebhardt

“Make it memorable, make it informative, but make it inspiring,” Professor Paul Cobine said in a video interview from Auburn University as a recipient of the prestigious Gerald and Emily Leischuck Endowed President Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2019.

Known for his fun style and genuine passion for helping students learn and retain information, Cobine teaches courses including General Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology to undergraduate students and Model Systems and Human Disease to graduate students.

Cobine has received an array of accolades during his time on the Plains. He was recently named the Lawrence C. Wit Professor in College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM), was selected as the Dean’s Young Faculty Scholar in 2018 and the Faculty and Staff award from the Auburn University Parents Association. COSAM also honored him with the Outstanding Teacher award in 2017, the Outstanding Faculty Outreach award in 2016 and the Outstanding Faculty Advisor award in 2010.

Starting in January 2022, he will be the Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences where he will lead faculty, staff and students. “I am excited about the opportunity to work with all members of the department to capitalize on our current growth and momentum to further elevate our teaching, research, outreach and professional goals,” Cobine said.   

Cobine’s research cited more than 4,000 times focuses on copper homeostasis in mitochondria and has been featured in the university’s Auburn Research magazine.

He received his doctorate degree in 2004 from the University of Queensland in Australia, completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Utah and joined COSAM in 2008.




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