Two UCLA scholars named fellows of American Association for the Advancement of Science
UCLA professors Dr. Marie-Françoise Chesselet and Dr. Hong Wu have been selected as new fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science. The selection of fellows has been an AAAS tradition since 1874.
Chesselet and Wu are among 503 scholars chosen this year for scientifically and socially meritorious applications of their work, according to the AAAS. They will receive official recognition Feb. 19 at the society's annual meeting, in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Marie-Françoise Chesselet, professor of neurology and neurobiology and chair UCLA's neurobiology department, was selected for "molecular, anatomical and behavioral analyses to identify the cellular and molecular mechanisms responsible for, and the treatment of, Parkinson's disease in animal models." The goal of Chesselet's research is to develop new therapeutic treatments for neurodegenerative diseases.
Dr. Hong Wu, professor of molecular and medical pharmacology, associate director of research at the translational Institute for Molecular Medicine at UCLA, and a researcher with UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, was selected for "distinguished contributions to the fields of PTEN/PI3-kinase signaling pathway, cancer biology and cancer stem cell biology." Wu's research links cancer biology and stem cell biology and suggests that tumors may originate through the transformation of stem cells.
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