Scripps Oceanography Microbiologist
fellow of American Academy of
Microbiology and receives honorary degree
By Dora Dalton
professor of marine microbiology at Scripps Institution of Oceanography,
University of California, San Diego, has been elected a fellow
of the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM). Azam is associated
with Scripps's Marine Biology Research Division and Center for
Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine.
excellence, originality, and creativity in all subspecialties
of the microbial sciences." Fellows are elected through
a highly selective, peer-reviewed process, based on scientific
achievement and original contributions to microbiology. Azam
received the honor at the Academy Fellows Luncheon as part of
the American Society for Microbiology's general meeting in New
Orleans on May 26.
May 14, Azam received an honorary doctorate from Sweden's University
of Kalmar. The doctor of philosophy, honoris causa, was presented
by the faculty of the department of natural science and engineering
at the university's commencement ceremonies.
Azam's research focuses
on the ecology, diversity and population dynamics of marine
bacteria and viruses. Of special interest is the role played
by marine bacteria and viruses in the oceanic carbon cycle through
their control of organic matter decomposition, which can lead
to a better understanding of the effects of global climate change
on the marine food web.
to think 'outside the box' and has a unique perspective on the
roles of microbial communities in the sea," said Ronald
Burton, director of the Marine Biology Research Division at
Scripps. "His work has been absolutely instrumental in
awakening oceanographers to the fundamental role of marine microbes
in marine food webs and the global cycling of nutrients like
carbon and silicon. Farooq is a captivating lecturer and an
excellent role model for young scientists. As a prized colleague
and collaborator, he continues to lead and participate in projects
spanning the global oceans."
Azam received his doctorate
in microbiology from the Czech Academy of Science in Prague
in 1968, then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the State
University of New York, Stony Brook. He arrived at Scripps as
a postdoctoral fellow in marine biology in 1969, and has held
research and faculty appointments at the institution.
Azam's past awards and honors include the UCSD Excellence in
Research Award (1997), the G. Evelyn Hutchinson Medal from the
American Society for Limnology and Oceanography (1995), and
the Rosenstiel Medal in Oceanographic Sciences from the University
of Miami (1984). He is a member of the American Society for
Limnology and Oceanography.
AAM is the honorific
leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology,
the world's oldest life science organization. Based in Washington,
D.C., AAM has more than 2,000 fellows in 37 countries.
The University of Kalmar
is located in the city of Kalmar in southeast Sweden. The university
is well known for its traditional courses in teaching, maritime
studies and natural sciences with specialization in environmental
studies and technology.
Media Contacts: Dora
Dalton or Mario Aguilera (858) 534-3624