Dr. Deryl Troyer

2012 E.R. Frank Award

Dr. Deryl Troyer

Dr. Deryl Troyer, Manhattan, Kansas, was the 2012 recipient of the 2012 E.R. Frank Award. This award was presented as part of the 74th Annual Conference for Veterinarians held June 3, 2012.

Dr. Troyer earned his bachelor’s degree in 1970, DVM in 1972 and his Ph.D. in 1985 in physiology and pathology, all from K-State. After graduating, he worked for a year as a staff veterinarian at the Arlington Heights Animal Hospital in Arlington Heights, Ill. In 1973, Dr. Troyer joined the staff as a partner at the Pawnee City Animal Hospital in Pawnee City, Neb. After working in Pawnee City for seven years, he came to the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine as an instructor in anatomy and physiology. In 1985, Dr. Troyer moved to Urbana, Ill., to work as an associate professor at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. He returned to K-State the following year and still works there today as a professor. In 1988, Dr. Troyer was a visiting researcher in molecular genetics at Dr. Ray White’s lab at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Salt Lake City.

“I am deeply honored to receive this award,” said Dr. Troyer. “Dr. Frank’s work was often beyond the cutting edge of technology at that time, and I can appreciate how difficult that must have been since my laboratory frequently finds itself in that position as we investigate new ways to treat cancer.”

“We are so thrilled to be able to recognize Dr. Troyer with this award,” said Dr. Ralph Richardson, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. “He is one of those rare individuals who thrives as both a highly successful researcher and as an educator who is able to share his passion, enthusiasm and knowledge with his students, who have consistently ranked him as one of their most inspiring teachers.”

Dr. Troyer is involved with several professional organizations, including: American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Association of Veterinary Anatomists, American Genetic Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, Kansas Academy of Science, Kansas Veterinary Medical Association, International Society for Animal Genetics, International Mammalian Genome Association, Tissue Culture Association, World Association of Veterinary Anatomists, Society for Neuroscience, Society for Gene Therapy, International Society for Stem Cell Research, and the American Association for Cancer Research. He also serves as a member of the K-State Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research, University of Kansas Cancer Center Prevention Program and the University of Kansas Cancer Center Drug Development and Delivery.

Dr. Troyer has received several honors and recognition for his work, including: 1986 K-State Faculty Development Award, 1996 Pfizer Award for Research Excellence, 2004 International Zietschmann Prize for Experimental Embryology, 2005 International Veterinary Information Service Teaching Excellence Award and the 2009 Teva Teaching Excellence Award.

Dr. Troyer is married to Joyce Arlene (Larson) and they have two children: Darcy and Travis.