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Eight UC San Diego
Professors Named New AAAS Fellows

January 11, 2011

By Debra Kain

Eight professors at the University of California, San Diego 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 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.”

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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Philip E. Bourne, PhD, 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.

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Xiang-Dong Fu, PhD, 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.

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Kun-Liang Guan, PhD, 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.

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Yishi Jin,PhD, 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.

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Peter J. Novick, PhD, 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.

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Bernhard Palsson, PhD, 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.

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Kang Zhang, MD, PhD, professor of ophthalmology and human genetics and director of the Institute for Genomic Medicine at UC San Diego, 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.

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Shaochen Chen, PhD, professor in the Department of NanoEngineering, was cited for his distinguished contributions to the field of nanomanufacturing, particularly for laser and plasmonic assisted nanopatterning with both theoretical modeling and experimental investigations.


Media Contact: Debra Kain, 619-543-6163, ddkain@ucsd.edu

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