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VALERIAN DOLJA ELECTED FELLOW OF AMERICAN ACADEMY OF MICROBIOLOGY

Valerian Dolja, Professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, has been elected Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.

Members of the Academy, known as Fellows, are elected through a highly selective, annual, peer-reviewed process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology.

Dr. Dolja's research investigates the mechanisms of vesicular and organelle trafficking driven by the myosin motor proteins.

Scientific excellence, originality, and leadership; high ethical standards; scholarly and creative achievement; professional standing recognized at the national or international level; and outstanding and original contributions to the field of microbiology are some of the qualifications for Fellowship.

The American Society for Microbiology is the oldest and largest single life science membership organization in the world. Membership has grown from 59 scientists in 1899 to more than 39,000 members today, with more than one third located outside the United States. The members represent 26 disciplines of microbiological specialization plus a division for microbiology educators.