Dr. Maxine Linial, a molecular biologist and member of the Basic Sciences Division, has been awarded the distinction of AAAS Fellow. Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science by their peers.
Linial, also a research professor of pathobiology and microbiology at the University of Washington, studies a family of retroviruses called foamy viruses, which show promise as vectors, or gene-delivery vehicles, in gene therapy.
Linial is among 471 AAAS Fellows selected this year for their "scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications." For her contributions to the field of virology, Linial will be presented with an official certificate and gold rosette pin Feb. 16 at the Fellows Forum during the 2008 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston.
The AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. The organization was founded in 1848 and the tradition of electing AAAS Fellows began in 1874.