Marchuk and Perfect Selected as 2007 Fellows of AAAS

Durham, N.C. (October 2007) — Douglas Marchuk, PhD, professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and co-director of the University Program in Genetics and Genomics (UPGG); and John Perfect, MD, professor in the Departments of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, and director of the Duke University Mycology Research Unit (DUMRU) have been selected as 2007 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general federation of scientists.

Each year, the Council elects members whose “efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished.” Marchuk is being honored for his work in human genetics and vascular biology, and Perfect is being honored for his pioneering studies in infectious disease, etiology, treatment, and management.

Founded in 1848, the AAAS works to advance science for human well being through its projects, programs and publications. Its publications include Science, a peer-reviewed research journal considered among the world’s most prestigious.

The tradition of AAAS fellows began in 1874. Under current guidelines, association members can be nominated by steering groups from the AAAS’s 24 sections, by any three current fellows outside the nominee’s institution or by the AAAS chief executive officer. The final list of nominees is then forwarded to the AAAS Council, the association’s policymaking body.

Marchuk and Perfect will be recognized during the AAAS Fellows Forum, a part of the Association’s Annual Meeting, in Boston on Saturday, February 16, 2008. The new Fellows will receive a certificate and a blue and gold rosette as a symbol of their distinguished accomplishments.