Nine Texans Elected to The National Academy of Sciences

2020 New National Academy of Sciences Members

TAMEST is proud to welcome eight new members and congratulate one current member recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). The nine elected, including two of our past TAMEST Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards recipients, were among 120 members and 26 international members elected to the NAS in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

We are proud to bring together the state’s brightest minds in medicine, engineering, science and technology and know this cohort of new members will only add to TAMEST’s mission of fostering collaboration and advancing research, innovation and business in Texas. The new cohort of NAS members brings our TAMEST membership to 320. Thirteen of our past TAMEST Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards recipients have gone on to national election, including two of our newest members below.

TAMEST’s unique interdisciplinary model has become an effective recruitment tool for top research and development centers across the state. Since our founding, more than 225 TAMEST members have been inducted into the National Academies or relocated to Texas.

Welcome:

  • Hugo J. Bellen, Ph.D. (NAS), Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of Molecular and Human Genetics and Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Katherine Freese, Ph.D. (NAS), Jeff and Gail Kodosky Endowed Chair in Physics, College of Natural Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Mark Kirkpatrick, Ph.D. (NAS), T.S. Painter Centennial Professor in Genetics in the Department of Integrative Biology, College of Natural Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin
  • John Kormendy, Ph.D. (NAS), Curtis T. Vaughan Jr. Centennial Chair Emeritus in Astronomy, College of Natural Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Sean J. Morrison, Ph.D. (NAM, NAS), Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Director, Children’s Medical Center Research Institute (CRI), UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Kim Orth, Ph.D. (NAS), Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; W.W. Caruth Jr. Scholar in Biomedical Research, Earl A. Forsythe Chair in Biomedical Science, UT Southwestern Medical Center, 2011 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award Winner in Science
  • Michael Rosen, Ph.D. (NAS), Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Mar Nell and F. Andrew Bell Distinguished Chair in Biochemistry, UT Southwestern Medical Center, 2006 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award Winner in Science
  • Sandra Schmid, Ph.D. (NAS) Cecil H. Green Distinguished Chair in Cellular and Molecular Biology, UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Karen Wooley, Ph.D. (NAS), Director, TAMU Laboratory for Synthetic-Biologic Interactions; W.T. Doherty-Welch Foundation Chair in Chemistry, Texas A&M University