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BMB Faculty Daniela Drummond-Barbosa named AAAS fellow


BMB Faculty Daniela Drummond-Barbosa has been elected by their peers as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Daniela is our fourth member in BMB, joining Pierre Coulombe, Val Culotta and Barry Zirkin, to be honored as AAAS fellows. AAAS fellows are honored for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

The names of the awardees were published in the "AAAS News and Notes" section of Science on Nov 28, 2014. The newly elected fellows were awarded a certificate and a rosette pin during the AAAS Fellows Forum at the 2015 AAAS annual meeting, held Feb 14, 2015 in San Jose, California.

Other recent faculty awards and accolades can be found here


Rank: Associate Professor
Joined BMB: July 1, 2009
Upbringing: Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Postdoc: Dr. Allan Spradling, Carnegie Institution of Washington

Research interests: We are interested in how adult stem cells sense and respond to their systemic and external environments. Specifically, we have been investigating how ovarian stem cells and their descendents sense and respond to diet in Drosophila, with a special focus on the role of insulin, steroid hormones and adipose tissue factors in this process. A second area of research in our lab is the control of meiotic maturation. Understanding the conserved molecular basis for the response of ovarian stem cells to their environment and for the control of meiotic maturation will likely lead to insights into potential causes of infertility, as well as into new contraceptive strategies. Our research advances are also likely to inform us about broadly relevant aspects of stem cell biology.

"Joining the BMB department and the Bloomberg School of Public Health was a very exciting move in my career. Both areas of focus in my research program mesh well with the broad mission of the School. The diversity of research programs, combined with the warm and collegial environment in the BMB department, the School and the Johns Hopkins University as a whole, create a great scientific environment for interdisciplinary research.” - Daniela Drummond-Barbosa

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