Susan Kaech, NOMIS Foundation Chair and director of the NOMIS Center for Immunobiology and Microbial Pathogenesis at the Salk Institute, has been named a 2020 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Salk Professors Susan Kaech and Alan Saghatelian named 2020 AAAS Fellows
LA JOLLA—Salk Professors Susan Kaech and Alan Saghatelian have been named 2020 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. Kaech and Saghatelian are among 489 new AAAS Fellows who were nominated by their peers for their distinguished efforts to advance science.
“We are very proud to celebrate Sue and Alan’s achievements as they are elected as 2020 AAAS Fellows,” says Salk President Rusty Gage. “Their high caliber of research and dedication to advancing science are greatly appreciated at Salk and beyond.”
Kaech is the director of the NOMIS Center for Immunobiology and Microbial Pathogenesis and holds the NOMIS Chair. She has been selected as a AAAS Fellow for her contributions to immunology by identifying genes and signaling molecules that generate memory T cells, which are critical for maintaining long-term immunity during acute and chronic infections and can be suppressed in cancer. Recently, Kaech published a paper on how targeting T cells in the lungs could lead to immunity against respiratory viruses. The insight could aid in the development of universal vaccines for influenza and the novel coronavirus.
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