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5 Graduate School faculty members named 2020 AAAS Fellows

November 24, 2020
Tracey Barnett

Five faculty members from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences were named 2020 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellows.

The newly elected AAAS Fellows are:

Swathi Arur, PhD, associate professor of Genetics at MD Anderson. She is affliliated with the Program in Genetics and Epigenetics. The AAAS recognized Arur for her discovery of Dicer1 phosphorylation by RAS/ERK signaling in Caenorhabditis elegans and implications for human fertility and cancer metastasis.

George A. Calin, MD, PhD, professor of Experimental Therapeutics and Translational Molecular Pathology at MD Anderson. He is affiliated with the Programs in Cancer Biology, and Therapeutics and Pharmacology, and is the co-director of the MD/PhD Program. Calin was recognized for his landmark discovery linking human diseases and microRNAs (miRNAs), specifically downregulation of miRNAs in patients with leukemias, and for pioneering the concept of miRNAs involvement in neurogenesis.

Han Liang, PhD, professor of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at MD Anderon. He is affiliated with the Programs in Genetics and Epigenetics, and Quantitative Sciences. Liang was recognized for pioneering an integrative analysis of cancer genomic data and the development of related bioinformatic tools to improve delivery of precision cancer medicine.

Sendurai Mani, PhD, professor of Translational Molecular Pathology at MD Anderson. He is affiliated with the Programs in Cancer Biology, and Genetics and Epigenetics. Mani was recognized for demonstrating that cancer can make its own cancer stem cells and promote plasticity, resulting in metastasis and chemoresistance by activating latent embryonic epithelial-mesenchymal transition.

Nicholas E. Navin, PhD, associate professor of Genetics at MD Anderson. He is affiliated with the Programs in Genetics and Epigenetics, and Quantitative Sciences. Navin was recognized for seminal contributions to understanding clonal evolution in breast cancer, and for inventing the first single-cell DNA sequencing methods, establishing the field of single cell genomics.

The 2020 AAAS Fellows will be formally announced in Science on Nov. 27, 2020. New fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin to commemorate their election. A virtual Fellows Forum – an induction ceremony for the new fellows – will be held on Feb. 13, 2021.

 Read more at the AAAS website.

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