Four from UCI Named AAAS Fellows

By Tom Vasich, Strategic Communications


Irvine, November 25,

Four UC Irvine researchers in the areas of medicine, computer science, biological sciences and physics have been made fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society.

A total of 401 AAAS members are being honored this year for their efforts to further science or its applications. New fellows will receive an official certificate and a gold-and-blue rosette pin on Feb. 14, 2015, at the organization’s annual meeting, in San Jose, Calif.

“The AAAS plays an important role with the advancement of scientific research, education and outreach in the U.S.,” said John Hemminger, UCI vice chancellor for research and a AAAS fellow himself. “These four brilliant scientists personify the innovation and excellence that mark research at UCI, and we are proud of their achievements.”

The new fellows are being formally announced Nov. 28 in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science. Those from UCI are:

•  Philip Collins, associate professor of physics & astronomy, for his distinguished contributions to the solid-state physics of conducting molecules, particularly for applying carbon nanocircuits to new applications in biophysics and other sensing applications.

• Christopher Hughes, professor and chair of molecular biology & biochemistry, for his distinguished contributions to the field of vascular biology, particularly in angiogenesis (the growth of new blood cells). He and his team have identified critical pathways that allow blood vessels to interact with – and regulate the function of – various cells of the immune system.

• Eric Mjolsness, professor of computer science, for his distinguished contributions to the fields of computer science and biology, particularly for new computational models of gene regulation (networks of genes that turn each other on, off or partly on) and resulting technologies.

• Paolo Sassone-Corsi, Donald Bren Professor of Biological Chemistry, for his distinguished contributions to the understanding of circadian clocks, particularly for unraveling the links among environmental influences, cellular signaling and gene expression. He is the director of UCI’s Center for Epigenetics & Metabolism.

With this year’s class, UCI has 140 AAAS fellows.