Marc Tischler

Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry - Med

Degrees and Appointments

  • 1971, B.A. Biology, Boston University
  • 1973, M.S. Chemistry, University of South Carolina
  • 1977, Ph.D. Biochemistry and Biophyscis, University of Pennsylvania
  • 1979, Postdoctoral. Physiology, Harvard Medical School

Fields of Study: Biochemistry, Education & Teacher Preparation, Medicine

Research Specialities: Chemistry & Biochemistry Education

Awards and Honors:

  • 1982 to 1987 - Established Investigator of the American Heart Association
  • 1990 to 1991 - President, American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology
  • 1995 - Furrow Award - Excellence in Basic Science Teaching for Medical Students
  • 1995, 2003, 2004 - Basic Science Educator of the Year - College of Medicine
  • 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 - Medical Biochemistry: Outstanding Basic Sciences Course
  • 1997 - Furrow Award - Innovation in Medical Teaching
  • 2002 - Distinguished Teaching, College of Science
  • 2005 - Life Time Basic Medical Science Educator Award
  • 2008 to 2020 - College of Medicine - Academy of Medical Education Scholars
  • 2010 - Peter Likins Inclusive Excellence Award
  • 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 - Graduating Medical Class Outstanding Teacher in the Basic Sciences


Increasing involvement in training and educational programs has steered my activities away from active laboratory work. Instead my efforts have focused on expanding the training opportunities for underrepresented students to pursue careers in biomedical research. The training program, Maximizing Access to Research Careers, is supported by an NIH training grant and offers students two full years of support, opportunities to participate in intramural and extramural research, attend scientific conferences, meet with scientists from other institutions and receive mentoring and guidance. The program began in 1999 and through fall 2018 will have placed 95 trainees into PhD, MD/PhD or MD programs throughout the country. Some have participated in postbaccalaureate programs to gain additional experience or have worked at the NIH for a year. The program offers outreach activities have included tutoring, careers colloquia, research seminars and supplemental instruction in general chemistry. Additionally, Dr. Tischler's focus has included medical curriculuim development. In 2004 he chaired the committee that redesigned the medical curriculum with implementation in fall 2006. He has also played a major role in the redesign of the current medical curriculum that was implemented in fall 2017 and continues to undergo improvement.

Janson LW, Tischler, ME (2012) Medical Biochemistry: The Big Picture, McGraw-Hill Medical

Trowers E, Tischler ME (2014) Clinical Gastrointestinal Physiology: A Primer, Springer

Cross H, Tischler ME (2017) Hereditary Ocular Disease (; disease graphics contributor [410 graphics] University of Arizona