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UC Riverside professor receives top scientific honor
Date:4/28/2009

RIVERSIDE, Calif. UC Riverside's Alexander Raikhel, a professor of entomology, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for his excellence in original scientific research.

Membership in the NAS is one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer in the United States. Raikhel will be inducted into the academy next April during its 147th annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Raikhel, elected along with 71 others, brings the number of current UCR faculty elected to NAS to three. Four additional UCR faculty members who received the honor are deceased; one faculty member who received the honor when he was at UCR is now at UC Irvine.

There are currently just over 2,000 active NAS members. Among the NAS's renowned members are Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Thomas Edison, Orville Wright, and Alexander Graham Bell. More than 180 living NAS members have won Nobel Prizes.

"This extraordinary honor recognizes Dr. Raikhel's groundbreaking contributions to understanding mosquito physiology, particularly the molecular and genetic basis of events in the mosquito's reproductive cycle that are linked to utilizing a blood meal to develop eggs, and to transmission of human diseases such as malaria and dengue," said Ring Card, chair of UCR's Department of Entomology.

Raikhel was raised and educated in the Soviet Union. He obtained his M.S. in zoology from Leningrad (St. Petersburg) University and his Ph.D. in biological sciences from the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He and his family immigrated as political refugees to the United States in 1979.

He is recognized internationally for his significant contributions to insect science and vector biology. A leader in insect and mosqu
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Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
iqbal@ucr.edu
951-827-6050
University of California - Riverside
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