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Stritch School of Medicine Professor Dies from Illness

Courtesy of Loyola University ChicagoDriks was the co-director of the Infectious Disease and Immunology Institute, and taught both graduate and medical students, officials said.

Loyola professor Adam Driks died June 6, officials said.

Driks was a professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine and died from hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis — an immune system disease, according to an email sent to the Loyola community by Campus Ministry.

After receiving his doctorate from Brandeis University and doing his post-doctoral training at Harvard University, Driks joined Loyola in 1995, the email said. He lived in Chicago with his wife.

Driks was most known for his world-renowned expertise on bacterial spores, such as anthrax, and was named Loyola’s 2013 Scientist of the Year, the email said. He was the co-director of the Infectious Disease and Immunology Institute, and taught both graduate and medical students. 

“In 2017, he was named Faculty Member of the Year by the Graduate School,” the email said. “Additionally, Adam served on the Committee on Academic Rank and Tenure, playing a key role in updating promotion and tenure guidelines.”

A memorial service is set to be held July 6 at 2 p.m. at the Chicago Theological Seminary, the email said. Donations can be made to the Adam Driks Memorial Lectureship Fund online in lieu of flowers. 

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