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Of Note

Juan de la Torres, Marta Perego Elected Fellows of Academy of Microbiology

Professor Juan Carlos de la Torre and Associate Professor Marta Perego of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have been elected fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology, a distinction recognizing excellence, originality and leadership in the microbiological sciences.

Research in the de la Torre lab focuses on the molecular mechanisms and biology of viruses, particularly the Borna disease and lymphocytic choriomeningitis viruses, and their impact on the central nervous system to explore new therapeutic approaches to combat such infections. For more information, see de la Torre’s faculty page and laboratory website.

Perego and her lab team study signal transduction systems in bacterial development and pathogenesis to understand the signaling and regulatory networks responsible for the pathogenicity of disease-causing bacteria and to identify novel targets for the discovery of new types of antibacterial agents. For additional information, see Perego’s faculty page and laboratory website.

The American Academy of Microbiology is the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the world's oldest and largest life science organization. The group’s mission is to recognize scientists for outstanding contributions to microbiology and provide microbiological expertise in the service of science and the public. Fellows represent all subspecialties of microbiology, including basic and applied research, teaching, public health, industry and government service.

Fellows of the Academy are elected annually through a highly selective, peer-review process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology. A Committee on Elections, consisting of fellows of the Academy elected by the membership, reviews nominations and makes recommendations on fellowship awards to the Board of Governors.

Perego and de la Torre will be honored at the Academy Fellowship Luncheon and Meeting in June during the 115th ASM General Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

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Juan Carlos de la Torre and Marta Perego have been elected fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology.