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BMB Faculty Michael Matunis named AAAS fellow


BMB Faculty Michael Matunis has been elected by their peers as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Michael is our fifth member in BMB, joining Pierre Coulombe, Val Culotta, Barry Zirkin and Daniela Drummond-Barbosa, 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 23, 2015. The newly elected fellows will be awarded a certificate and a rosette pin during the AAAS Fellows Forum at the 2016 AAAS annual meeting, held Feb 14, 2016 in Washington D.C.

Other recent faculty awards and accolades can be found here


Rank: Professor
Joined BMB: October 1, 1998

B.S.  – The Pennsylvania State University (Dr. Ross Hardison)
Ph.D. – Northwestern University (Dr. Gideon Dreyfuss)
Postdoc. – Rockefeller University (Dr. Günter Blobel)

Research interests: Work in my laboratory focuses on a family of proteins known as SUMOs (or Small Ubiquitin-Related Modifiers).  SUMO proteins are posttranslationally and covalently attached to hundreds of other proteins in the cell, thereby regulating a wide range of essential cellular processes critical for normal cell growth and proliferation.  Research in my laboratory investigates the molecular mechanisms regulating the dynamic attachment of SUMO to other proteins and how SUMO modification promotes repair of damaged DNA, accurate segregation of chromosomes in mitosis, and cellular responses to stress.  Efforts also focus on characterizing the SUMO pathway in P. falciparum and its development as an anti-malarial drug target.  In addition to malaria, our studies have implications for understanding the development and progression of a variety of human diseases, including cancer, diabetes and neurological disorders.   

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