NYU biologist Purugganan named to HFSP’s Council of Scientists

HFSP welcomes New York University biologist Michael Purugganan as the new U.S. representative to the Human Frontier Science Program’s Council of Scientists (COS). Purugganan is NYU’s Dean for Science and will be one of 14 scientists representing HFSP’s members on the advisory panel.

The Council of Scientists advises the HFSP Board of Trustees on a range of scientific and organizational matters, such as the evaluation of its current programs, the consideration of new ones, and the selection process for grants and fellowships. COS members are chosen based on their commitment to promoting international science as well as for their dedication to encouraging young scientists to pursue challenging problems.

Purugganan, the Dorothy Schiff Professor of Genomics and Professor of Biology at NYU, is a leading authority on plant molecular evolution and genomics. He has received an Alfred Sloan Young Investigator Award (1997–2002) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2006–2007), among other honors. He was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2005 and, in 2011, was a Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow of the Kavli Foundation and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

The complete press release by NYU can be found at http://bit.ly/1hz2JuZ.

Link to the Purugganan lab