Five UW faculty members, including three in the School of Medicine, were elected last month as fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the highest honors for scholars in the United States.
The new members include Thalia Papayannopoulou, professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology; George Stamatoyannopoulos, head of the Department of Medicine's Division of Medical Genetics; and Robert Waterston, chair of the Department of Genome Sciences and the William Gates III Endowed Chair in Biomedical Sciences. UW faculty members Edward Lazowska, the Bill and Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science and Engineering, and Michael Hechter, professor of sociology, were also elected to the academy.
Papayannopoulou has been on the UW faculty since 1974. She studies the stem cells that form blood cells, called hematopoietic stem cells, and how they work and move within and out of the bone marrow. She also has an interest in how genes regulate hemoglobin production.
Stamatoyannopoulos is a professor of genome sciences, adjunct professor of pathology, and head of the Markey Molecular Medicine Center. He came to the UW as an instructor in 1964 and became a full professor in 1975. He is the editor of The Molecular Basis of Blood Diseases, and is known for his work on treatments for sickle cell disease and his studies of blood-forming stem cells and genetic controls for blood cells.
Waterston came to the UW in 2003 from Washington University in St. Louis, where he headed the genetics department and directed the Genome Sequencing Center. Waterston led sequencing of the genome of the worm C. elegans, the first complete animal to be sequenced. His contributions to large-scale DNA sequencing were central to the success of the Human Genome Project. His lab constructed the physical map used as a framework for the international effort. He has not abandoned the worm, and his lab now includes several comparative genetics projects to increase understanding of gene expression across species.