On May 1, 2012, six NIMH grantees were among the 84 new members elected to the National Academy of Sciences, a private, non-profit organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to advancing science and promoting its uses for the greater good. The Academy also acts as an official advisor to the federal government on issues related to science and technology.
Below are the newly elected members, affiliated organizations, and title of their most recent NIMH-funded grants:
- Andrew G. Clark, Ph.D.; Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
- Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Bioengineering and Psychiatry, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.
- Roberto Malinow, M.D., Ph.D.; Professor, Department of Neuroscience, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla
- Peter L. Strick, Ph.D.; Co-director, Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, and Professor, Departments of Neurobiology and Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh
- Richard A. Young, Ph.D.; Professor of Biology, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
- Xiaowei Zhuang, Ph.D.; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and of Physics, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
With the election of these new members, the National Academy of Sciences currently has 2,152 active members and 430 foreign associates from 15 countries.