N. Rama Krishna, Ph.D., professor in the UAB Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, has been named as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) by his peers in the organization. Krishna also is the director of the Central Alabama High Field NMR Facility, located in the UAB Department of Chemistry.
Krishna was honored for “distinguished original contributions” to methods that use nuclear magnetic resonance, a technology that reveals the structure of molecules, either to understand their biology or used in the discovery and design of novel drugs for treating tumors and other maladies. Also noted were Krishna’s contributions to the understanding of the structural biology of scorpion neurotoxins. These proteins are of significant interest in the potential treatment of epilepsy and gliomas.
This year, 701 AAAS members have been awarded the honor for their efforts to advance science or its applications. AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science, which has an estimated total readership of 1 million.
New fellows will be presented with an official certificate and their gold and blue rosette pin on Feb. 16, 2013, at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston.