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Scientist at The Scripps Research Institute Elected to National Academy of Sciences

La Jolla, CA, May 1, 2001-- Gerald F. Joyce, M.D., Ph.D., a scientist at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), has been elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He is one of 72 new members and 15 foreign associates named "in recognition of distinguished and continuing achievements to original research." Election to membership in the Academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be conferred on a U.S. scientist or engineer. The election was held this morning during the 138th annual meeting of the Academy.

Joyce-- the only researcher from San Diego elected to membership this year-- is Professor in the Departments of Molecular Biology and Chemistry, and The Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology, at TSRI.

His research involves the test-tube evolution of nucleic aids and the application of these methods to the development of RNA and DNA molecules with novel functional properties. Joyce received a B.A. from the University of Chicago in 1978 and both an M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego, in 1984. He joined the faculty of The Scripps Research Institute in 1989, and in 1996 became a full professor and an investigator in The Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology.

Joyce has published more than 80 scientific papers and is the inventor or co-inventor of nine issued patents. In 1994 he received the National Academy of Sciences Award in Molecular Biology and in 1995 he was the recipient of the Pfizer Award in Enzyme Chemistry, presented by the Division of Biological Chemistry of the American Chemical Society. In 1997 he was named the winner of the Herbert W. Dickerman Award from the State of New York Department of Health and the Hans Sigrist Prize from the University of Bern, Switzerland.


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