Dr. Laura Ranum named AAAS Fellow

Laura P.W. Ranum, Ph.D., has been named a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which recognizes those who make distinguished scientific advances.

Dr. Laura Ranum

Ranum said she was extremely honored to be recognized by AAAS, while also noting that her laboratory’s research successes have been a shared effort. In particular, she cited the work on RAN translation done by Tao Zu, M.D., a research assistant professor in her lab.

“I have been fortunate to have such a productive lab and to have had the opportunity to work with so many talented colleagues over the years, including graduate students and postdoctoral associates. This recognition represents a lot of teamwork for a long period of time,” Ranum said.

Ranum is one of 391 members who were elected as fellows this year by the AAAS, a tradition that began in 1874. She joins four other UF faculty members who were recognized this year. Overall, UF has had 46 other professors recognized as AAAS fellows, including UF President Kent Fuchs.

The AAAS is a nonprofit group dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of all people. It is the world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific society and a leading publisher of cutting-edge research through its journals.