The Fellows of the Academy of Science – St. Louis is a prestigious association of St. Louis scientists and engineers of national reputation.
Many Academy Fellows are recipients of the Academy of Science – St. Louis Outstanding Scientists Awards, including the Peter H. Raven Lifetime Achievement Award, Science Leadership Award (Individual), James B. Eads Award, Trustees Award, Academy Fellows Award and George Engelmann Interdisciplinary Award.
Fellows In the News
The Academy welcomes two new fellows by way of their being elected as Fellows to the National Academy of Sciences: Kenneth M. Murphy, M.D., Ph.D., and Herbert W. “Skip” Virgin IV, M.D., Ph.D. Both are from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Dr. Murphy is the Eugene Opie Centennial Professor of Pathology and Immunology, and he is also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. Dr. Murphy researches known immune cells, known as T cells, and the way they work with other factors to fight infections. He the lead author of the widely respected textbook Janeway’s Immunobiology. Dr. Murphy has received a Juvenile Diabetes Foundations Career Development Award and the School of Medicine’s Distinguished Investigator Award.
Dr. Virgin is Edward Mallinckrodt Professor of Pathology and Immunology, and he became head of the department in 2006. He researches how the immune system responds to chronic viral infections. Dr. Virgin also served as director and principal investigator of the Midwest Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research. He received a School of Medicine Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, and a Academic Mentorship Award from the Academic Women’s Network of Washington University.
Academy Fellow, Kattesh V. Katti, M.Sc.Ed, PhD, DSC, FRSC, was awarded several prestigious awards in the last year, including: the 2016 ‘Man of the Year’ award by Vijayavani, India’s most influential newspaper, Winner of the 2015 Hevesy Medal Award, Elected to the fellowship of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), 2015″Ciências sem Fronteiras,” 2015 Annual Oration and Award by the Society for Cancer Research and Communication (SCRAC), and the 2015 INGRAMS Selected Kattesh V Katti as one of “50 Missourians You Should Know.” Please visit his website to view details on each of these awards.
Academy Fellow, Samuel Achilefu, Ph.D., and Gregory Lanza, M.D., Ph.D., recently received $13.7 million from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to develop new multiple myeloma treatments. Achilefu and Lanza are co-directors of Washington University’s Center for Multiple Myeloma Nanotherapy.
Multiple myeloma, a cancer formed by malignant plasma cells in bone marrow, kills most patients within six years of diagnosis. Achilefu and colleagues are focused on improving outcomes by developing and moving promising therapies from lab to clinic. Combining light and a photosensitizing drug, Achilefu and Academy Fellow, Pratim Biswas, Ph.D., are working to develop a cancer cell killing therapy—one of the Center’s primary goals.
The Center for Multiple Myeloma Nanotherapy is one of six Centers of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence supported by the NCI of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Academy Fellow and 2012 George Engelmann Interdisciplinary Outstanding St. Louis Scientist award recipient, Timothy J. Ley, MD, received a seven-year, $6.4 million Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The funding will allow him to continue research aimed at understanding the mutations that initiate acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and how they might be targeted with new approaches.
This is the first year the NCI has given Outstanding Investigator Awards, which go to scientists with “outstanding records of productivity” to pursue cancer research with unusual potential, according to the NCI.
Academy Fellow and 2009 Fellows Outstanding St. Louis Scientist award recipient, Cheryl Asa, PhD, received the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Devra Kleiman Award for her outstanding scientific research contributions to the fields of animal management, education, and conservation. Dr. Asa is only the second person to receive this honor.
“This award recognizes Devra Kleiman’s legacy of acting as a pioneer in the field of science, and as Dr. Asa’s own research has provided tremendous breakthroughs in conservation science, we knew she would be the perfect choice as the recipient of this prestigious award,” said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy.
Academy Fellow and 2011 Science Leadership Award Outstanding St. Louis Scientist award recipient, Timothy J. Eberlein, MD, has been elected a member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).
— Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Dr. Kattesh V. Katti, Washington University in St. Louis, Saint Louis Zoo, and Saint Louis University contributed to these reports.
Charles L. Armstrong, Ph.D.
Babu Chalamala, Ph.D.
Willis V. Hauser*
Ira Hirsch, Ph.D.*
Paul S. Markovits, Ph.D.
Alexander Rubin, Ph.D.
Krishnan K. Sankaran, Ph.D.
Ananthachari Srinivansan, Ph.D.
Monte C. Throdahl*
Samuel Isaac Weissman, Ph.D.*
Gregory Yablonsky, Ph.D.
Rudolph N. Yukovich
* Notes deceased