Tino UnlapTino Unlap, 2014 President’s Award for Excellence in TeachingTino Unlap, Ph.D., a professor of biotechnology in the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, is one of 11 UAB faculty members to be honored with the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching during the annual Faculty Awards Convocation.

Unlap is recognized for his "ability to take complex concepts and simplify them in such a way that anyone can understand," according to one UAB School of Health Professions colleague. In addition to biotechnology, Unlap teaches courses for clinical laboratory sciences and nurse anesthesia programs. He is sought after by industry leaders both for his teaching and research talents, including the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and the Heritage Center. He has won The Graduate School's Excellence in Mentorship award and SHP's Excellence in Teaching Award. "Students and faculty appreciate that he uses every means at his disposal to give them access to elite individuals, facilities and learning experiences," a colleague said.

Biotechnology is an industry based on biology that harnesses cellular and molecular processes to create novel technologies and products. The UAB Biotechnology program provides students with a strong knowledge base in science, technology and research with industry-specific entrepreneurial skills that can translate scientific discovery into commercial products -- products that will ultimately improve the odds for millions of patients around the world who are suffering from diseases for which there are no adequate treatments.

The 2014 honorees for the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching represent each school, the College of Arts & Sciences and the Joint Health Sciences departments. The ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. April 2 at the UAB Alumni House.