Nicole Calakos, Stephen G. Lisberger, and Sallie R. Permar Named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Nicole Calakos, MD, PhD; Steven G. Lisberger, PhD; Sallie R. Permar, MD, PhD

Nicole Calakos, MD, PhD; Stephen G. Lisberger, PhD; Sallie R. Permar, MD, PhD

Three of the six Duke University faculty members named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) today are faculty in the School of Medicine. The prestigious appointment is obtained through peer nomination and is based on scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. The AAAS elected 489 new fellows this year.

A virtual induction ceremony for the new fellows in the organization’s 24 sections will be held on Feb. 13, 2021.

Nicole Calakos, MD, PhD, Lincoln Financial Group Distinguished Professor of Neurobiology, was elected for pioneering work in optogenetic approaches, and substantial contributions in the area of synaptic plasticity with a focus on striatal circuity of the basal ganglia.

Stephen G. Lisberger, PhD, George Barth Geller Distinguished Professor for Research in Neurobiology, was elected for fundamental contributions to understanding of the organization and function of brain mechanisms that underlie sensorimotor learning, using visually-driven eye movements as a model system.

Sallie R. Permar, MD, PhD, Wilburt C. Davison Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, was elected for distinguished contributions to the prevention and treatment of neonatal viral infections, particularly for identification of protective immune responses that guide maternal/infant vaccine development. 

A full list of the Duke University inductees can be found on Duke Today.