LSU HEALTH’S ALAHARI NAMED 2020 AAAS FELLOW

            New Orleans, LA – Suresh Alahari, PhD, Fred G. Brazda Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

            Members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Dr. Alahari was elected for his distinguished contributions in cancer research and teaching, with a focus on signal transduction.

            Dr. Alahari ‘s research interests include the biochemistry of cell adhesion and the mechanism of action of Nischarin in tumor cell migration and invasion. Nischarin is a novel protein Dr. Alahari discovered that is involved in a number of biological processes including the regulation of breast cancer cell migration and movement. He joined the LSU Health New Orleans faculty in 2004.

            This year’s AAAS Fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on 27 November 2020. A virtual Fellows Forum – an induction ceremony for the new Fellows – will be held on 13 February 2021.

            The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874. Currently, members can be considered for the rank of Fellow if nominated by the steering groups of the association’s 24 sections, or by any three Fellows who are current AAAS members (so long as two of the three sponsors are not affiliated with the nominee’s institution), or by the AAAS chief executive officer. Fellows must have been continuous members of AAAS for four years by the end of the calendar year in which they are elected. The AAAS Fellow honor comes with an expectation that recipients maintain the highest standards of professional ethics and scientific integrity.

Each steering group reviews the nominations of individuals within its respective section and a final list is forwarded to the AAAS Council, which votes on the aggregate list.

The Council is the policymaking body of the Association, chaired by the AAAS president, and consisting of the members of the board of directors, the retiring section chairs, delegates from each electorate and each regional division, and two delegates from the National Association of Academies of Science.

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