Five USF Health researchers elected 2012 AAAS Fellows

USF among top 10 organizations worldwide with 15 Fellows named this year

USF Health researchers comprised a third (5) of the record number of University of South Florida faculty members elected 2012 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). 

The 15 faculty members from USF awarded the prestigious honor — up from four last year – catapulted USF into the top 10 institutions worldwide with the most AAS Fellows named this year.  The lifetime designation recognizes scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

The five USF Health faculty members – representing the Morsani College of Medicine, College of Public Health and College of Pharmacy – named AAAS Fellows this year are:

Paula Bickford, 2012 AAAS Fellow

Paula C. Bickford, PhD, professor of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair and senior research career scientist at James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital:  For distinguished contributions to the field of aging research, and particularly as a leader in the field of nutritional neuroscience and for outstanding service.

Cesar Borlongan, 2012 AAAS Fellow

Cesar V. Borlongan, PhD, professor and vice chair for research in Neurosurgery and Brain Repair:   For distinguished contributions to the field of stem cell therapy for neurological disorders, particularly for advancing translational biomedical research of cell based-therapeutics in stroke.

Robert Deschenes, 2012 AAAS Fellow

Robert J. Deschenes, PhD, professor and chair of Molecular Medicine:  For distinguished contributions to the field of molecular cell biology and the use of model genetic systems to elucidate the spatial arrangement of signaling proteins. 

Karen Liller, 2012 AAAS Fellow

Karen D. Liller, PhD, professor of Community and Family Health, dean of the USF Graduate School, and associate vice president for Research and Innovation:  For distinguished contributions as a graduate education administrator and also as a research scholar in the fields of public health and children’s injury prevention.

 Lynn Wecker, 2012 AAAS Fellow

Lynn Wecker, PhD, Distinguished University Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience and Distinguished Research Professor:   For distinguished service to the scientific community as an innovative, highly accomplished researcher, award-winning teacher, and dedicated servant and leader of her academic disciplines.

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USF AAAS Fellows, 2012

Five of the record-breaking 15 faculty members from USF named 2012 AAAS Fellows are from USF Health.