American Association for the Advancement of Science honors Dr. Maurice Swanson as a Lifetime Fellow
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals, has chosen Dr. Maurice Swanson in this year’s honored fellows. The AAAS has elected distinguished scientists, engineers and innovators from around the world and across all disciplines to the 2022 class of AAAS Fellows. The honor is among the most distinctive in academia and recognizes extraordinary impact and achievement across disciplines, from research, teaching, and technology, to administration in academia, industry and government, to excellence in communicating and interpreting science to the public.
The newly elected Fellows are being recognized for their scientific and socially notable achievements spanning their careers. “AAAS is proud to elevate these standout individuals and recognize the many ways in which they’ve advanced scientific excellence, tackled complex societal challenges and pushed boundaries that will reap benefits for years to come,” said Sudip S. Parikh, Ph.D., AAAS chief executive officer and executive publisher of the Science family of journals.
Maurice Swanson, PhD is a professor here in the department of molecular genetics and microbiology and associate program director of the Center for NeuroGenetics. His research focuses on understanding how RNA processing is controlled during mammalian development and the role of DNA repeat expansion mutations in causing inherited neurological diseases. His lab demonstrated that repeat expansion RNAs cause the neuromuscular disease myotonic dystrophy by inhibiting the activities of specific RNA processing factors.
Honoring esteemed innovators is a tradition dating back to 1874 for the AAAS. They stated that “This year’s class has moved their fields forward, paving the way for scientific advances that benefit society. They bring diverse and novelty thinking, innovative approaches and passion that will help solve the world’s most complex problems.”
Dr. Swanson’s lab is currently working on new and innovative research. Check out Dr. Swanson’s lab page for more information on what they are working on!
Dr. Swanson’s Recent Publications
- Myotonic dystrophy type 1 embryonic stem cells show decreased myogenic potential, increased CpG methylation at the DMPK locus and RNA mis-splicing
- The X-linked splicing regulator MBNL3 has been co-opted to restrict placental growth in eutherians
- Generation of a Novel SARS-CoV-2 Sub-genomic RNA Due to the R203K/G204R Variant in Nucleocapsid: Homologous Recombination has Potential to Change SARS-CoV-2 at Both Protein and RNA Level