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Congratulations to William Grizzle, M.D., Ph.D.on earning emeritus status as professor, Anatomic Pathology. 

Dr. Grizzle was named professor emeritus of pathology in the School of Medicine. Grizzle joined the UAB faculty in 1981 and retired in January 2020 as professor of pathology and surgery. He directed the Tissue Collection and Banking Facility from 1983 to 2019, including the Southern Division of the Cooperative Human Tissue Network from 1987 to 2019, and led the UAB-VA Autopsy Service from 1990-2000, among other leadership positions. His research focused on understanding the molecular features of epithelial cancers such as prostate, pancreas, mammary, colorectal and ovarian adenocarcinomas and oral, esophageal, lung, cervical and skin squamous cell lesions to identify biomarkers associated either with early pre-invasive neoplastic lesions or with advanced stage malignant lesions. 

Grizzle CCC Preferred 2018

Grizzle was active nationally and internationally in developing the design, operations and standards of bioresources, including as a former president and board-member of the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories. In 2015, he received the ISBER 2015 Outstanding Achievement in Biobanking Award and in 2019, the ISBER Founders Award. Other awards have included the 2005 Outstanding Faculty Member of the Comprehensive Cancer Center, and 2007 and 2010 awards from the National Cancer Institute for Leadership in Translational Research and Early Detection. 

He has published more than 600 books, book chapters, and peer reviewed manuscripts and has been active in international education, presenting numerous workshops on bioresources and translational research. He plans to continue active involvement in regulatory and ethical issues of bioresources and in translational research.  

The UAB Department of Pathology congratulates Dr. Grizzle on his esteemed role and is thankful for his years of service and many contributions to the department.