MBL, WOODS HOLE, MACell biologist Dr. Gary G. Borisy, director and CEO of the MBL (Marine Biological Laboratory) has been elected to The National Academy of Sciences (NAS), an honorific society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research. The achievement, considered one of the highest honors in American science and engineering, was announced today at the Academy's 146th annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Dr. Borisy is one of 72 new members and 18 foreign associates from 15 countries elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
"This very significant honor recognizes Gary's very substantial contributions to cell biology as well as his leadership in the basic and biomedical sciences," said John W. Rowe, chairman of the MBL's Board of Trustees. "We are proud to have Gary at the helm of the MBL. He sets an exceptionally high standard for our scientists and is an outstanding role model for our students."
The Academy membership is composed of just over 2,000 active NAS members, of whom nearly 200 have won Nobel Prizes. Two hundred nineteen Academy members are affiliated with the MBL, either as members of the Corporation, faculty, or alumni. Among this year's inductees are MBL alumni Lorena Beese of Duke University Medical Center and Jay Dunlap of Dartmouth Medical School and former MBL course faculty Caroline Harwood of the University of Washington and Paul Sternberg of the California Institute of Technology.
In 1965, Dr. Borisy discovered the protein tubulin, which comprises a key part of the cell's cytoskeleton. He has also provided important insights into chromosome movement; the role of the protein actin, a major component of cell motility; and the dynamics of microtubules, filaments that help direct cell division.
"Gary Borisy is one of the great pioneers of cell biology," said Tim Hunt, 2001 Nobel Laureate and principal scientist at Cancer
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