American Academy of Microbiology recognizes three UMMS scientists

Roger Davis, Douglas Golenbock and Reid Gilmore recognized for scientific achievement

March 08, 2012

Three UMass Medical School faculty members have been elected to the American Academy of Microbiology through a highly selective peer-review process based on scientific achievement and original contributions to the field of microbiology.

Roger J. Davis, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, H. Arthur Smith Chair in Cancer Research and professor of molecular medicine and biochemistry & molecular pharmacology; Douglas T. Golenbock, MD, professor of medicine and microbiology & physiological systems; and James Reid Gilmore, PhD, professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, are among 80 microbiologists elected in 20102 to fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology, the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). They join more than 2,000 fellows representing all subspecialties of microbiology, including basic and applied research, teaching, public health, industry and government service.

Dr. Davis’s lab is focused on understanding the molecular mechanism by which growth factors and cytokines regulate cellular proliferation and survival, specifically how MAP kinase signaling pathways, which are initiated at the cell surface, regulate the expression of genes in the nucleus.

The goal of Dr. Golenbock’s lab is to characterize phagocytic receptors that recognize the presence of microbes in the context of infectious illnesses, with most of the research focused on Toll-like receptors and Nod-like receptors.

Dr. Gilmore’s lab is seeking to understand how proteins reach their final destinations within a cell, specifically the biosynthesis, translocation, processing and folding of proteins in the rough endoplasmic reticulum.

The mission of the academy is to recognize scientists for outstanding contributions to microbiology and provide microbiological expertise in the service of science and the public. It serves as a resource to governmental agencies, industry, the ASM and the larger scientific and lay communities. For additional information, visit the ASM website.