Five Faculty Elected 2019 AAAS Fellows

Distinguished contributions to science and technology recognized

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Five Harvard Medical School researchers are among 443 individuals elected by their peers as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

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Fellows are required to have been continuous members of AAAS for four years, and are elevated to this rank because of their contributions to science and technology. The new AAAS Fellows from HMS, listed below, were all elected as part of the medical sciences section.

Darren Higgins, professor of microbiology in the Blavatnik Institute at HMS, for distinguished contributions to the fields of microbial pathogenesis, host-pathogen interactions and the development of novel vaccine strategies for cellular immunity to intracellular pathogens.

Marsha Moses, the HMS Julia Dyckman Andrus Professor of Surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital, for distinguished contributions to the fields of biomarker medicine and targeted nontoxic nanomedicine for the treatment of human disease, particularly cancer

Kornelia Polyak, HMS professor of medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, for pioneering studies on clinical and functional relevance of intratumoral heterogeneity and demonstrating the role of the microenvironment in breast tumor progression.

Joan Reede, HMS dean for diversity and community partnership and professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, for distinguished contributions to the fields of workforce, mentoring and leadership development in biomedical sciences and health policy.

Samuel Thier, HMS professor of medicine and of health care policy, emeritus, at Massachusetts General Hospital, for distinguished contributions to the fields of internal medicine and kidney disease, as well as for his leadership and expertise in the areas of national health policy, medical education and biomedical research.

These individuals will be recognized at the Fellows Forum during the AAAS Annual Meeting in February. This year’s AAAS Fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on 29 November.