Campus News - June 4, 2001

Summers elected to National Academy of Sciences

Jesse Summers, Ph.D, professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at the School of Medicine has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Members are chosen in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in orginial research. Election to the academy is considered one of the highest honors given to a scientist.

"...This is nearly the level as receiving the Nobel Prize," said Jac Nickoloff, chair of the Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Department. "UNM is fortunate to have a researcher of this caliber on its team."

Since 1975, Summers has been involved in the study of hepadnaviruses -- the virus that causes hepatitis B in humans, known as HBV. At UNM since 1988, he has developed and used methods that provide new insight into the virus.

Summers has won three international awards for his research on HBV including the Charles A. Mott Prize from the General Motors Cancer Research Foundation, American Cancer Society Medal of Honor and William Beaumont Prize from the American Gastroenterological Society.

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