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Three faculty members from Duke University Medical Center are among 531 scientists elected as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) this year.

The AAAS, publisher of the journal Science, elevates notable members to the rank of fellow to recognize efforts in research that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.

The new AAAS scientists from Duke University Medical Center are:

Daniel J. Lew, PhD, professor, Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology: For distinguished contributions to microbiology, elucidating mechanisms of cell cycle control, polarity establishment, and cell cycle checkpoint enforcement in the model budding yeast. "I am surprised and delighted to receive this honor!" he said.

Joseph W. St. Geme III, MD, professor and chair of the Duke Department of Pediatrics: For distinguished contributions to the field of microbial pathogenesis, particularly for elucidating the structure and function of bacterial protein secretion systems and other virulence factors. "I feel very honored to receive this recognition," he said. "Credit goes to the many talented students, fellows, and technicians with whom I've worked over the course of my career."

Xiao-Fan Wang, PhD, professor, Duke Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology: For distinguished and long-term contributions to understanding the biology of cancer cells with respect to cell signaling, proliferation and check point control. "It's a great honor to be elected to a group with so many accomplished scientists," he said. "I feel I still have so much to do and this recognition helps me to set even higher goals for myself in the remaining years of my scientific career."

New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Saturday, February 20, 2010, at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2010 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Diego.