Eight with ties to La Jolla named as AAAS Fellows

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Seven UCSD professors and a Salk Institute researcher have been named new Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society..

Philip E. Bourne, Xiang-Dong Fu, Kun-Liang Guan, Yishi Jin, Peter J. Novick, Bernhard Palsson and Kang Zhang of UCSD and Edward M. Callaway of the Salk were among 503 AAAS members selected by colleagues in their disciplines to be honored this year for “efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.”


 Philip E. Bourne, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology at UCSD’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, was cited for distinguished contributions to computational biology through research (more than 200 papers), education (two text books), service (co-founder and editor-in-chief of PLoS Computational Biology) and technology.


Xiang-Dong Fu, Ph.D., professor of medicine in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, was cited for distinguished contributions to the field of molecular biology and molecular genetics, particularly for regulated transcription and RNA processing in development and disease. 


• Kun-Liang Guan, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology in the Department of Pharmacology, was cited for distinguished contributions to the field of biomedicine, particularly for his contribution to the establishment of both MAP kinase and TSC-mTOR pathways.


• Yishi Jin, Ph.D., professor of biology and adjunct professor of in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, was cited for her contributions in studying neurodevelopment using the nematode C. elegans. 


• Peter J. Novick, Ph.D, professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, was cited for his elucidation of the molecular basis of secretory vesicle release and the role of Rab GTPases using a combination of pioneering yeast genetics and biochemical approaches.

• Bernhard Palsson, Ph.D., professor of bioengineering and adjunct professor of medicine, was cited for distinguished contributions in the area of systems biology, specifically in genetic circuits and genome-scale models of complex cellular processes. 


• Kang Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., professor of ophthalmology and human genetics and director of UCSD’s Institute for Genomic Medicine, was cited for fundamental contributions to genetics and treatment of leading causes of blindness, including macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and for distinguished service in teaching, administration and editorship.

• Edward M. Callaway, a professor in the Salk Institute’s Systems Neurobiology Laboratories has been awarded the distinction for his work aimed at understanding how neural circuits give rise to perception and behavior and focuses primarily on the organization and function of neural circuits in the visual cortex.

The new Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin at a special ceremony Feb. 19 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2011 AAAS annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Their names will also be published in the Jan. 28 issue of the journal Science, published by the AAAS.


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