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Two Stony Brook Infectious Disease Specialists Named AAM Fellows

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Dr. Bettina Fries
Dr. Bettina Fries

STONY BROOK, NY, February 19 , 2019 –  Bettina Fries, MD, Professor of Medicine, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Stony Brook Medicine, and David Thanassi, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, have been elected Fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM).  The AAM is the honorary leadership group of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the largest science professional organization in the world.

AAM Fellows are elected through a peer-review process, and election is based on each Fellow’s “record of scientific achievement and original contributions to advancing microbiology.”

Dr. Fries is a nationally recognized physician-scientist within the field. The focus of her research is on the pathogenesis of chronic infection by the pathogen, Cryptococcus neoformans, as well as investigations on efficacy of anti-infective antibodies. She is also a clinical expert in treating fungal infections and infections in immunocompromised patients. For more about Dr. Fries’ work, see this link.

Dr. David Thanassi
Dr. David Thanassi

Dr. Thanassi has centered his research career on investigating molecular mechanisms of bacterial secretion systems, which secrete virulence factors that allow bacteria to cause disease. His research has been published widely in leading peer-reviewed journals and has provided a basis for new potential ways to treat bacterial infections and address antibacterial resistance. For more about Dr. Thanassi’s work, see this link.

The 2019 AAM Fellows will be honored at the annual ASM meeting held June 20-24 in San Francisco. For a complete list of the 2019 AAM Fellows, see this link.


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