Dr. Lairmore and Dr. Boris-Lawrie elected to fellowship

Three Ohio State University faculty members have been elected to fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology.

The new 2011 fellows are Dr. Michael Lairmore and Dr. Kathleen Boris-Lawrie, both professors of veterinary biosciences and members of the Viral Oncology Program of the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Dr. Larry Schlesinger, professor of internal medicine and director of the Center for Microbial Interface Biology.

Dr. Lairmore, an international authority in retrovirology and pathology, has contributed fundamental knowledge of how viruses develop. With expertise in virology and pathology, he has performed pioneering studies in animal models of human retroviruses, defined novel virus-host relationships and created paradigm-shifting approaches to mechanisms of viral diseases.

Dr. Boris-Lawrie is widely recognized for her distinguished contributions to the field of molecular virology, particularly for the molecular basis of gene expression of retroviruses that infect humans and animals; she has discovered a fundamental paradigm that cells use to control the growth of viruses. She and Lairmore are funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute to study retroviruses as models of lymphocyte transformation and disease.

Dr. Schlesinger's research focuses on innate immunity in highly transmissible bacterial infections through studies of human immune system interactions with pathogenic mycobacteria, particularly M. tuberculosis. He is also a professor of molecular virology, immunology and medical genetics, and was instrumental in the creation of the new Department of Microbial Infection and Immunity at Ohio State.

The American Academy of Microbiology is the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the world's oldest and largest life science organization. The mission of the academy is to recognize scientists for outstanding contributions to microbiology and provide microbiological expertise in the service of science and the public. The academy serves as a resource to governmental agencies, industry, ASM and the larger scientific and lay communities by convening colloquia to address critical issues in microbiology.

Including this new round of fellows, Ohio State has 17 American Academy of Microbiology fellows on its faculty. Dr.'s Lairmore, Boris-Lawrie and Schlesinger will be recognized on May 24 at the 111th American Society of Microbiology meeting in New Orleans. 

Posted: 3/9/11

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