Studying these cells could lead to new treatments for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal disease to diabetes.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has awarded the distinction of Fellow to 449 members, including four MIT faculty members.
Fellows are recognized for their efforts advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and the society's gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Feb. 17, at the 2007 AAAS annual meeting in San Francisco.
The following people from MIT are new AAAS Fellows:
Gregory C. Fu, a professor in the Department of Chemistry, was cited for "contributions to organic chemistry, particularly for studies of transition-metal catalysis and organocatalysis."
Steven R. Tannenbaum, a professor in the Division of Biological Engineering, was named for "key discoveries concerning the formation and reactions of nitrogen oxides in biology and for molecular approaches to understanding carcinogenesis."
Mujid S. Kazimi, a professor in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, was cited for his "outstanding contributions to the design and safety analysis of current and advanced nuclear power reactors and to nuclear Engineering education."
Susumu Tonegawa, the Picower Professor of Biology and Neuroscience in the Departments of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Biology, was honored for "outstanding contributions to our understanding of behavior at the molecular, cellular, and systems level, with particular attention to learning and memory."