Mitchell Selected as 2008 Fellow of AAAS

Durham, N.C. (November 2008) — Thomas G. Mitchell, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and director of the Molecular Mycology and Pathogenesis Training Program (MMPTP) has been selected as a 2008 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

The AAAS, publisher of the journal Science, elevates notable members to the rank of fellow to recognize their efforts in research that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.

Mitchell was selected for his distinguished contributions to the field of microbial pathogenesis, elucidating fungal-immune cell interactions, population structures of human pathogens, and how sex enables pathogen emergence.

“This honor can be considered a validation of years of research by an independent body of prominent scientists,” Mitchell said. “More significantly, this recognition is a testament to the exciting research environment here at Duke, which has stimulated and fostered my ability to collaborate with outstanding students, postdoctoral scientists and faculty members. Indeed, my achievements are entirely attributable to the wonderful resources and collegial atmosphere at Duke.”

Mitchell will be recognized at the AAAS Fellows Forum, a part of the Association’s Annual Meeting, in Chicago on Saturday, February 14, 2009. Each of the 486 new inductees will receive a certificate and a blue and gold rosette as a symbol of their distinguished accomplishments.