Costin Institute, Scholar Cohort 3
Gerald (Jerry) Thrush, Ph.D. completed his Ph.D. degree in immunology/microbiology at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI in 1990. After conducting postdoctoral research in cancer immunology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dr. Thrush took a faculty position in the department of Biology at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). During his time at CSUSB, Dr. Thrush taught a variety of classes related to infectious disease as well as conducting research on Lyme disease and the symbiotic bacteria found within ticks. Last year, Dr. Thrush joined the faculty at Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific where his primary teaching responsibility has been teaching the first and second year osteopathic medical students immunology and microbiology.
For the past ten years, Dr. Thrush has dedicated significant amounts of time perfecting his lectures and his teaching expertise was recognized when he was awarded the "Golden Apple" award in 2005 from the County of San Bernardino and the "Basic Sciences Professor of the Year" in 2007 from the students at Western University of Health Sciences.