March 9, 2011 - Fellows are elected in recognition of excellence, originality and creativity in the microbiological sciences, and have built exemplary careers in basic and applied research, teaching, clinical and public health, industry or government service.
Dangl is the John N. Couch Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences and an associate director of the Carolina Center for Genome Sciences. Through his research into the immune systems of plants, he addresses the global problem of ensuring an adequate food supply. His work centers around the study of plant-pathogen interactions — discovering how to make plants more resistant to disease — using Arabidopsis thaliana, commonly called thale cress.
Sparling is J. Herbert Bate Professor of Medicine and Microbiology and Immunology Emeritus in the UNC School of Medicine. He is also director of the Southeastern STI Cooperative Research Center and the Southeast Regional Center of Excellence in Biodefense and Emerging Infections.
His research focuses on microbial pathogenesis, specifically how gonococci and related bacteria modulate their cell surface to enable infection of humans.
The American Academy of Microbiology is a leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology, the world’s oldest and largest life science organization.
Academy website and list of 2011 fellows: http://tinyurl.com/4shednh