Luftig, Steinbach, Tomaras and Wray Named AAAS Fellows

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
By Lindsay Key
Headshots of SoM faculty elected to AAAS Micah A. Luftig, PhD, William J. Steinbach, MD, Georgia D. Tomaras, PhD, Gregory A. Wray, PhD

Four faculty members from the Duke University School of Medicine have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

They are among six new fellows at Duke University and 416 total new fellows across the nation this year who are being recognized for outstanding efforts to advance science or its applications.  They are:

Micah A. Luftig, Ph.D., associate professor of molecular genetics and microbiology and medicine. He has been elected by the biological sciences division for his contributions to the field of viral oncology for his work on the Epstein-Barr virus, particularly for studies of the temporal regulation of viral-induced cancers.

William J. Steinbach, M.D., professor of pediatrics and chief of the division of pediatric infectious diseases. He has been recognized by the medical sciences division for his contributions to the field of fungal molecular pathogenesis and invasive fungal infection epidemiology, diagnosis and management, particularly for aspergillosis disease and pediatric patients.

Georgia D. Tomaras, Ph.D., professor in surgery and molecular genetics and microbiology, and director of research in the Duke Human Vaccine Institute. She has been elected by the division of biological sciences for contributions to the field of microbiology and immunology, particularly for mechanisms of protective immunity in HIV infection.

Gregory A. Wray, Ph.D., professor of biology and director of the Center for Genomic and Computational Biology. He has been recognized by the division of biological sciences for his contributions to the evolution and mechanisms of development, using sea urchins and primates as model systems.

The new fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold-and-blue rosette pin (representing science and engineering, respectively) on Saturday, Feb. 16, during the 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

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