January 31, 2022

Six CCMB Affiliate Faculty Members Named AAAS Fellow

The University of Michigan led the nation with 20 faculty members elected as 2021 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The new AAAS fellows from our CCMB Affiliate Faculty Members include:
  • Veera Baladandayuthapani, professor of biostatistics, School of Public Health; professor of computational medicine and bioinformatics, Medical School; director of the Cancer Data Science Shared Resource at the Rogel Cancer Center, for distinguished contributions to the field of biostatistics and data science, particularly for Bayesian modeling of high-dimensional biomedical data, integrative genomics and applied cancer research.
  • Charles Burant, Dr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Professor of Metabolism, professor of internal medicine, and of molecular and integrative physiology and director of the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute, Medical School; and professor of nutritional sciences, School of Public Health, for distinctive molecular and metabolomic research on insulin resistance, therapy for diabetes and management of obesity combined with stimulation of physical activity.
  • Mats Ljungman, professor of radiation oncology, Medical School; and professor of environmental health sciences, School of Public Health, for distinguished contributions to the field of computational medicine and bioinformation through scientific and leadership achievements through contributions and dedication to the RNA community of research.
  • Sofia Merajver, GreaterGood Breast Cancer Research Professor and professor of internal medicine, Medical School; professor of epidemiology, School of Public Health, for landmark studies of mechanisms, novel therapies and biomarkers, and management of patients with inflammatory breast cancers and women at increased risk for cancers in the United States and Africa.
  • Patrick Schloss, Frederick G. Novy Collegiate Professor of Microbiome Research, professor of microbiology and immunology, Medical School, for distinguished contributions to computational biology, particularly for development of computational programs for analysis of DNA sequence of mixed bacterial populations.
  • Patricia Wittkopp, Sally L. Allen Collegiate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, and of molecular, cellular and developmental biology, LSA, for outstanding contributions to the field of evolutionary genetics, including uncovering genetic and genomic changes responsible for phenotypic differences within and between species, and for exceptional teaching and mentoring.

The new fellows will be celebrated later this year during an in-person gathering when it is feasible from a public health and safety perspective. The new class also will be featured in the AAAS News & Notes section of Science in January.  Congratulations!

U-M also led the nation in AAAS fellows in 2019, with 22.