Garcia-Blanco Elected 2013 Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM)

March 14, 2013

Durham, NC – Mariano Garcia-Blanco, PhD, Charles D. Watts Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Professor of Medicine, Director of the Center for RNA Biology, and Professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, has been selected as a 2013 Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM).

The American Academy of Microbiology is the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology. Each year, members of the AAM, known as Fellows, are elected through a highly selective, annual, peer-reviewed process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology.

Garcia-Blanco is internationally-recognized for his scientific contributions including the discovery of the alternative splicing factor PTB (polypyrimidine tract binding protein) and the demonstration of its role in regulating splice site choice, the demonstration that splice sites are paired by three-dimensional diffusion rather than scanning, the development of methods to image alternative splicing decisions in mammals in vivo, and the recent discovery of virus host factors required for yellow fever virus and dengue virus propagation in human cells and in insect cells.

Garcia-Blanco is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for European Alternative Splicing Network of Excellence, the Council of Scientific Advisers, the International  Centre of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, the National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council, and a Trustee of the Puerto Rico Trust for Science, Research and Technology. In 2011, he was elected to the Association of American Physicians (AAP).

According to Joseph Heitman, MD, PhD, James B. Duke Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, “Election to the American Academy of Microbiology represents a true distinction, and Mariano is highly deserving of this recognition.”

Garcia-Blanco is one of 87 microbiologists elected to Fellowship in the AAM this year. He will be recognized during the 113th ASM General Meeting in Denver, CO in May 2013.

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