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Dr. Gary R. Janssen exemplified a life well lived as a teacher, mentor, father figure, role
model, and dear friend to countless people. He had a passion for teaching others about learning,
science, and scientific research. He earned his undergraduate and doctorate degrees in
Microbiology at the University of Minnesota, followed by his postdoctoral research at the John
Innes Institute in Norwich, England (1983-1986).
As a professor of Microbiology at both Indiana
University (1986-1993) and Miami University (1993-2015), he mentored and taught thousands
of graduate and undergraduate students. His compassion and dedication to students was truly
remarkable, earning him Miami University’s Associated Student Government “Honored
Professor” award three times.
Dr. Janssen was well respected within the scientific community
and made significant contributions to the understanding of translation in bacteria, antibiotic
resistance genes, and the regulatory effects of phosphate on Streptomyces metabolism. In
addition to his extensive experience in microbiology research and education, he had a deep love
and knowledge of every music genre and was an avid student of music and musicology.
fund honors the memory of Dr. Janssen by supporting the research and educational mission of
graduate students in the life sciences and music studies.