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July 13, 2001

Loeffelholz becomes new Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Michael J. Loeffelholz, Ph.D., chief of virology/serology at the University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory, has been named a diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM).

Loeffelholz earned a bachelor of science degree in microbiology from the UI and a doctorate in microbiology from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in medical and public health laboratory microbiology at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y. In addition to his duties at the Hygienic Laboratory, Loeffelholz teaches a survey course for medical residents in pathology at the UI.

Loeffelholz became an ABMM diplomate by passing written and oral examinations designed to test the expertise of microbiologists who specialize in virology. The ABMM certification is one of the highly stringent certification programs of the American College of Microbiology. The mission of the American College of Microbiology is to promote the high quality practice of the profession of microbiology for benefit of human, animal and environmental wellbeing.

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