Michael Niederweis, Ph.D., professor in the UAB Department of Microbiology, has been elected as a Fellow to the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM). This honor recognizes his excellence, originality and leadership in the microbiological sciences.
“The Department of Microbiology is very proud to hear that Dr. Niederweis has been elected as a Fellow to the American Academy of Microbiology,” said Frances Lund, Ph.D., the Charles H. McCauley Professor and Chair in the Department of Microbiology. “Members of this group, which is part of the American Society for Microbiology, are recognized for their records of scientific accomplishments in the field of microbiology.”
Lund noted Niederweis’ studies on Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative agent of TB, are groundbreaking. That research has led to greater insights into finding ways to eliminate the bacteria responsible for a devastating disease that kills more than 1.7 million people worldwide annually.
“It is an honor to receive this national distinction,” said Niederweis, who has been at UAB for 13 years.
Niederweis was elected through a highly selective, peer-reviewed process that happens annually and is based on records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology. According to the AAM, each elected Fellow has built an exemplary career in basic and applied research, teaching, clinical and public health, and industry or government service. They are relied upon for authoritative advice and insight on critical issues in microbiology.
“Michael’s election to this important fellowship group is an honor that is well-deserved,” stated Lund. “We are very happy that our colleague is representing UAB as an Academy Fellow and will be contributing advice to policy makers on critical issues related to infectious disease and microbiology.”