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Dr. Toni Gabaldon among 65 Fellows elected to the American Academy of Microbiology



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The American Academy of Microbiology has elected Dr. Toni Gabaldón, ICREA researcher and head of the Comparative Genomics lab at IRB Barcelona and the BSC, and 64 peers to the 2024 Fellowship Class. This is an honorific leadership group within the ASM and its members are elected annually through a highly selective, peer-review process, based on their record of scientific achievements and original contributions that have advanced microbiology. This year the Academy received 156 nominations, of which 65 were admitted into the 2024 Class.

“Academy Fellowship signifies a distinguished accolade, and I am delighted to extend my congratulations and warm welcome to Dr. Gabaldón as a member of the 2024 Cohort. Fellows are an outstanding assembly of scientists whose contributions have propelled discipline and whose knowledge benefits both the scientific community and broader society,” said Vanessa Sperandio, PhD, Chair of the Academy Governors.

Dr. Gabaldón has been elected to the American Academy of Microbiology in recognition of his significant contributions to the field of microbiology. His groundbreaking research in comparative genomics and evolutionary biology has provided deep insights into microbial evolution, function, and diversity. Dr. Gabaldón's work has not only advanced our understanding of microbial genomes but also highlighted their impact on human health and disease. "I am deeply honoured to be elected to the American Academy of Microbiology. This recognition is not just a personal milestone but a testament to the collective effort of my team and collaborators. We are driven by our curiosity about the microbial world, and it's incredibly gratifying to see our contributions acknowledged by such a prestigious institution," Dr. Gabaldon stated.

Among the 2024 Fellowship Class, 25% are women. Among those in the US, 23% are from historically underrepresented ethnic groups. Moreover, there is good representation of international fellows (12%) from 6 countries outside the U.S. The Class of 2024 includes fellows from Hong Kong (Greater China), France, Germany, South Africa, Spain, the UK and the US.

More information about the 2024 Fellowship Class.

About IRB Barcelona

The Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) pursues a society free of disease. To this end, it conducts multidisciplinary research of excellence to cure cancer and other diseases linked to ageing. It establishes technology transfer agreements with the pharmaceutical industry and major hospitals to bring research results closer to society, and organises a range of science outreach activities to engage the public in an open dialogue. IRB Barcelona is an international centre that hosts 400 researchers and more than 30 nationalities. Recognised as a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence since 2011, IRB Barcelona is a CERCA centre and member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).