Eight outstanding graduates of Cleveland State University were honored for their service, leadership and career achievements at the 19th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner. Dr. Andrius Kazlauskas was chosen as Distinguished Alumnus 2009 for the College of Science. The awards ceremony was held on Friday, June 5 at 6 p.m. at the InterContinental Hotel and Conference Center in Cleveland.

Dr. Kazlauskas earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biology in 1981 and a Ph.D. in chemistry in 1986, both from the College of Science. He is a senior scientist and associate professor of ophthalmology at Schepens.

Dr. Kazlauskas completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and has held academic appointments at the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He has made hundreds of presentations, and has been published more than 120 times in such prestigious scientific journals as Science and the New England Journal of Medicine. Currently, he is the principal investigator on three federal and four foundation grants, including a Lew R. Wasserman Merit Award from the Research to Prevent Blindness Foundation.