Salk professor named editor-in-chief of science journal

City News Service

A professor with the Salk Institute of Biological Studies was named editor-in-chief of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, it was announced today.

Inder Verma, a professor of molecular biology in Salk’s Laboratory of Genetics, will assume his new post on Nov. 1. He has served on the journal’s editorial board for 10 years.

Dr. Inder Verma is known worldwide for his scientific creativity and for his conscientiousness and fair-mindedness,” said Ralph Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences.He is the ideal person to lead PNAS, analready-premier science journal that continues to improve.”

Verma, whose research focuses on cancer genetics, inflammation and gene therapy, discovered that alterations of otherwise normal cellular genes can lead to cancer. He’s received numerous awards for his cancer and genetic research.

The journal publishes a weekly print edition, and daily online articles, on biological, physical and social sciences.