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Cornell microbiologist David Russell elected AAAS fellow

Cornell molecular microbiologist David G. Russell was among 471 other researchers nationwide elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) this year, in honor of his distinguished contributions to his profession. The AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. David Russell Russell

New fellows will be honored Feb. 16 at the Fellows Forum during the 2008 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston.

Russell, professor and chairman of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, was chosen for his contributions in the field of microbiology, particularly for studies of the cell biology and immunology of medically important intracellular parasitic and bacterial pathogens.

Russell studies the interaction between such pathogens and their host cells. More specifically, he looks at the nature of the interaction between macrophages (a type of large white blood cell that ingests such foreign material as infectious microorganisms) and the bacterial pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

He received a B.Sc. degree in zoology from St. Andrews University in Scotland in 1979 and a Ph.D. in Molecular Parasitology from Imperial College, London University, in 1982.

by Krishna Ramanujan