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Roger Davis elected into the National Academy of Sciences

Membership in the NAS is one of the highest honors bestowed upon a scientist in the United States

Date Posted: Thursday, May 03, 2018


 

Roger J. Davis, PhD, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, and a member of the Royal Society in his native United Kingdom, has been elected into the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).  He joins four UMass Medical School colleagues who have received membership in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.  There are 2,382 active members and 484 foreign associates in this exclusive society of distinguished scholars.  Membership in the NAS is one of the highest honors bestowed upon a scientist in the United States.  They're elected to the Academy by their peers, for outstanding contributions to research.

As a basic research faculty member in the Diabetes Center of Excellence, his work to explain the molecular mechanism by which inflammation contributes to diabetes, cancer and stroke has been among the most important in this field for more than two decades.  Dr. Davis’ studies of stress signaling pathways have led to the discovery of new genes that contribute to the development of these devastating diseases.  His lab is currently studying the design of novel therapeutic strategies.

Davis began as a research fellow at University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) in 1982, in the laboratory of Michael Czech, PhD.  He joined the faculty in 1985, and in 1990 was appointed as the first Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator at UMMS.

The National Academy of Sciences was established by an act of Congress signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863.  It's the oldest and most prestigious scientific society in the country.  The NAS provides independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology.  

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