Texas A&M Profs Bell-Pedersen, Sachs Named American Academy of Microbiology Fellows

By: Texas A&M Press Release
By: Texas A&M Press Release

Texas A&M University biologists Deborah Bell-Pedersen and Matthew S. Sachs have been elected as fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology.

Formed in 1955, the Academy is the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the world’s oldest and largest life science organization. Fellows are elected each year via a highly selective, peer-review process culminating in a coveted mark of distinction in microbiology by one’s peers. The Academy’s mission is to recognize scientists for outstanding contributions to microbiology and to provide microbiological expertise in the service of science and the public.

“Academy fellows are eminent leaders in the field of microbiology and are relied upon for authoritative advice and information on critical issues in microbiology,” said Bonnie L. Bassler, chair of the Board of Governors for the American Academy of Microbiology, in her congratulatory email.

Bell-Pedersen and Sachs, along with two additional Texas A&M faculty members — food microbiologist Gary Acuff and plant pathologist Marty Dickman — will be formally recognized at the Academy Fellows Luncheon and Meeting in conjunction with the 114th ASM General Meeting, set for May 17-20 in Boston.

“Drs. Bell-Pedersen and Sachs are a critical part of the very impressive group of professors in biology who study the basic biology and pathogenic aspects of microbes,” said Thomas McKnight, professor and head of the Texas A&M Department of Biology. “Their students and colleagues have known about their terrific success, both in research and in the classroom, for a long time. Now, it’s wonderful to see that their leadership and contributions to the field of microbiology have achieved national recognition with this prestigious award.”

For more information, see http://www.science.tamu.edu/articles/1174/.

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