Joseph H. Coggin, Jr. (1961)

Joseph H. Coggin, Jr., of Mobile, AL, died August 21, 2011. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University; a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee, College of Arts and Sciences; a doctor’s degree from the University of Chicago; pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships at the U.S. Public Health Service. He served as Professor of the Department of Microbiology, University of Tennessee 1966-1977; Professor Emeritus and Chairman of the Department of Microbiology/Immunology at the University of South Alabama 1977-2006; served as Associate Dean for Basic Medical Sciences at the USA College of Medicine 1989-1995; Professor of Pathology from 1983-2006. He served in many government research appointments, was a consultant to several pharmaceutical companies and OSHA Biosafety Consultant. Dr. Coggin devoted most of his career searching for ways to help the human immune system battle cancer. His research and ideas helped develop the oncofetal antigen vaccine and cancer detection technology. He holds several US patents for developing monoclonal antibodies to oncofetal antigen and for the use of the oncofetal antigen in cancer detection and treatment.

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