Dr. Andrew Pekosz, a professor in the department of molecular microbiology and immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has been elected as a new Fellow to the Class of 2020 by the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM), an honorific leadership group within the American Society of Microbiology. Dr. Pekosz, an expert on the basic biology of influenza and other emerging virus infections, is also co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance.
AAM fellows are elected annually through a highly selective, peer-review process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology. The Academy welcomed 68 new fellows from 11 countries in this year’s class.
Dr. Pekosz’s research focuses on understanding how viruses cause respiratory disease in humans and identifying ways to prevent or treat these infections. Dr. Pekosz has been investigating the basic replication and disease mechanisms of several respiratory viruses including influenza A virus, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)-CoV, and hantaviruses. His research interests lie in the interaction of viral proteins with cellular proteins and how those interactions lead to successful virus replication. In addition, his lab uses primary respiratory cell cultures to identify changes in the replication of human and animal viruses that explain variations in the disease induced by infection.Tags: Friday Letter Submission, Publish on February 28