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January 05, 2009

Five Johns Hopkins University researchers have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science by their peers. Jonathan Bagger, Ted Dawson, Barbara Landau, Jun Liu and Jeremy Nathans are among 486 new fellows around the world. Election as a fellow honors their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

Bagger was elected for distinguished contributions to the field of theoretical high-energy physics and for leadership of the U.S. high-energy physics community. He is a Krieger-Eisenhower professor in the Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics and Astronomy at the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. He also serves as vice provost for graduate and post-doctoral programs and special projects.

Dawson was elected for distinguished contributions to research and leadership in the understanding of the molecular bases of neurodegenerative disease. Dawson, a professor of neurology and neuroscience, directs the Movement Disorders Center and the Neuroregeneration and Stem Cell Programs in the Institute for Cell Engineering.

Landau was elected for her groundbreaking work in the origins and nature of human language and its development under a variety of biological and environmental conditions. She is a Dick and Lydia Todd Professor and chair of the cognitive science department at the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, and her work focuses on language learning, spatial representation and the relationships between those foundational systems of knowledge.

Liu was elected for developing the use of small chemical probes in the elucidation of mechanisms of important processes in biology, including cell signaling, angiogenesis and cell proliferation. A professor of pharmacology and molecular sciences with a secondary appointment in oncology, Liu is interested in a molecular understanding of signaling and communication involved in immune system activation, cell death and cell growth in the context of growing new blood vessels.

Nathans was elected for elegant investigations of human color vision, including isolating rhodopsin genes and determining the molecular bases for variation in color vision and for visual disorders. A professor of molecular biology and genetics and ophthalmology, Nathans identified the genes that code for the three kinds of light-sensing pigment molecules found in the cone cells - one of the two types of photoreceptor cells in the retina, the other being rods.

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