The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has named a group of scientists from Baylor College of Medicine as 2014 Fellows, a recognition given to AAAS members by their peers in order to distinguish their work and contributions to their respective scientific fields. The new AAAS fellows from BCM are Margaret “Peggy” Goodell, Brendan Lee, David Nelson, and Theodore Wensel.
The scientists were awarded the recognition for their work in the field of biological sciences, as well as their career accomplishments. Margaret “Peggy” Goodell, who is currently the director of the Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Center at BCM, was selected by the AAAS as a fellow for her research into stem cell biology, which is especially focused on the genetic and epigenetic regulation of self-renewal and differentiation of hematopoietic stem cells.
Brendan Lee is studies translational genetic medicine and researches the causes, mechanisms, and treatment of errors detected in inborn metabolism, as well as skeletal disorders, which he conducts as the interim chair of molecular and human genetics at BCM.
David Nelson, a professor of molecular and human genetics at BCM, was distinguished for his contributions to increasing knowledge about the expansion of human diseases, as well as his service to the American Society of Human Genetics.
In addition, Theodore Wensel, who serves as chair of the Verna and Marrs McLean Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, received the honor for his discoveries into sensory signaling, such as the role of members of the regulators of G-protein signaling (RGS) family of proteins.
The four scientists join a list of AAAS fellows that already includes nine other investigators from BCM: Janet Butel, Tom Caskey, Mark Estes, Adam Kuspa, James Lupski, Jianpeng Ma, Bert O’Malley, Susan Rosenbergy and Salih Wakil. AAAS will host an AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2015 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, California on February 14 to honor the recipients of the award.
The research community of Texas has largely contributed to the advancement of the fields of biotech and life science over the past years, which has led to several recognition from the AAAS. In addition to the scientists from BCM, last March, the University of Texas at San Antonio College of Sciences also announced that three of its faculty members had been honored at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the AAAS in Chicago. Last year, seven researchers from Texas A&M, four from MD Anderson, and two from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston were also distinguished.