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Alumni Spotlight

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Lee and McQuilkin receive 2016 UMass Distinguished Alumni Awards

William A. Lee '77 Chemistry, received the Distinguished Alumni Award. Lee is executive vice president of research at Gilead Sciences, a research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. Over the past 25 years, Lee has helped Gilead bring important product candidates from early-stage research into development, including therapies for HIV and liver disease, among others. Read more

Patricia McQuilkin M.D. '85 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award. McQuilkin is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is nationally known for her work in pediatric global health and was instrumental in jumpstarting critically needed health care programs in hospitals throughout Liberia during the Ebola epidemic that began in 2013. Read more