January 2, 2007 - (BRONX, NY) - Dr. John Condeelis, co-chair and professor of anatomy and structural biology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.
Dr. Condeelis is among 449 members awarded this honor by AAAS this year, acknowledging their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate at the Fellows Forum during the 2007 AAAS Annual Meeting, to be held in San Francisco in February. This year's AAAS Fellows were announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on November 24, 2006.
Dr. Condeelis was elected as an AAAS Fellow in recognition of his distinguished contributions to the field of cell motility and the cytoskeleton and for furthering our understanding of amoeboid motion and the role of cell chemotaxis in cancer.
He joined the Einstein faculty in 1977, following the completion of his postdoctoral fellowship in cell biology at Harvard University. He also is faculty supervisor of Einstein's Analytical Imaging Facility and principal investigator of the NCI-funded Tumor Microenviroment Study. He is widely published and a recent paper, appearing in the October issue of the Journal of Cell Biology, was ranked the "#1 hidden jewel" on the Faculty of 1000 Biology website. Dr. Condeelis earned his bachelor's degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his Ph.D. from State University of New York, Albany.
The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874. Currently, members can be considered for the rank of Fellow if nominated by the Steering Groups of the Association's 24 sections, or by any three Fellows who are current AAAS members (so long as two of the three sponsors are not affiliated with the nominee's institution), or by the AAAS Chief Executive Officer. Each Steering Group then reviews the nominations of individuals within its respective section and a final list is forwarded to the AAAS Council, which is the policymaking body of the Association and votes on the aggregate list.