CHAPEL HILL, NC — P. Frederick Sparling, MD of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been named a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.
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.
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