Rob Martienssen, a Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) professor and HHMI researcher, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is one of 261 new members to join the prestigious institution this year.
Martienssen is best known for his groundbreaking work in the field of genetics, including his contributions to defining the role of RNA interference (RNAi) in gene silencing and genome stabilization across generations. His current work focuses on the study of epigenetic mechanisms in plants and on understanding their role in gene regulation and heredity. He is also an expert on transposable elements, or “jumping genes”, studying how they regulate other genes and are in turn regulated during plant development.
“On behalf of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory board, faculty, students, and staff, I congratulate Rob Martienssen on his election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences,” said Bruce Stillman, President and Chief of the management of the CSHL. “Rob’s contributions to CSHL, the plant biology community and science in general have been outstanding, and this is a much-deserved honor.”
Martienssen now joins the ranks of other CSHL faculty who have been elected Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, including President and CEO Bruce Stillman, Director of Research David Spector, and Professor and Scholar HHMI Leemor Joshua-Tor.
Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the nation’s oldest learned societies and independent centers for policy research, bringing together leaders from academia, business and government to address the challenges facing facing the nation and the opportunities available to it. and the world. Members contribute to Academy publications and studies on science, engineering, and technology policy; global security and international affairs; humanities, arts and education; and American institutions and the public good.
“We celebrate a multitude of achievements in a wide range of fields,” said David Oxtoby, president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. “These people excel in areas that inspire and excite us at a time when recognizing excellence, praising expertise and working for the greater good are absolutely essential to realizing a better future. »
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