Jacques M. Chiller Endowed Scholarship (Department of Microbiology)
Jacques M. Chiller, Ph. D., was a vibrant and passionate individual whose fascination with biology and dedication to scientific discovery allowed him to become an internationally renowned expert in immunology.
Dr. Chiller was a native of Paris, France, and came to North America when he was 11 years old. After attending secondary schools in Canada and the U.S., he entered the University of Washington, where he received a bachelor’s degree in 1961, a master’s degree in 1966, and a Ph.D. in 1968. While completing his bachelor’s degree in zoology, he became fascinated with the unanswered questions in the then-young field of immunology. He proceeded to dedicate himself to this field, earning master’s and doctorate degrees in microbiology with an emphasis on immunology. He conducted pioneering immunological research as a member of the Scripps Clinic Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., and at the National Jewish Hospital and Research Center in Denver, where he also served as a professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Dr. Chiller’s work led to appointments as vice president of Eli Lilly Laboratories in 1989 and later as president and CEO of DNAX Research Institute (1992–1998), where he directed scientists toward discoveries leading to applications in pharmaceuticals.
His contagious enthusiasm radiated around the globe; he mentored many scientists and students, and they continue to further understanding in the biological sciences.
Dr. Chiller had a special interest in supporting students from diverse backgrounds. The Chiller family recognizes that the University shares this commitment to a student population that includes individuals of varying ages, genders, races, national origins, talents, etc., and those from underrepresented populations and/or economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
Dr. Chiller passed away on February 24, 1998, and his family established this endowment to honor his life and achievements.