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Dr. Peter Barry Elected as AAAS Fellow


November 25, 2015


Congratulations to Dr. Peter A. Barry on his election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Barry has a joint appointment with the Schools of Veterinary Medicine and Medicine as a professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine of the UC Davis Health System, director of the Center for Comparative Medicine (CCM), and a core scientist (and former director) at the California National Primate Research Center.

Dr. Barry is honored for his distinguished contributions to research and development of a vaccine for cytomegalovirus, or CMV, in humans, using the rhesus macaque as a model. CMV is a common infection in adults around the world, with a 50 percent infection rate among adults. CMV is a significant cause of illness and death in infected people whose immune systems are not fully functional. Dr. Barry’s lab was instrumental in developing a nonhuman primate model for CMV persistence and pathogenesis.

“This is a major honor since it represents a recognition from the scientific community of significant advances made by an individual in their scientific career to date. This particular award recognizes the many contributions that Peter has made to research and development of a cytomegalovirus vaccine using the rhesus macaque model and is well deserved,” said CCM Interim Director, Dr. Stephen McSorley. “I’m sure that everyone in the CCM would like to congratulate Peter for this honor and we look forward to his continuing contributions to the advancement of science here at the CCM!”

Founded in 1848, the AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society. The AAAS membership elected 347 fellows this year, recognizing their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. It plans to honor its new fellows at the next AAAS annual meeting, being held in February in Washington, D.C. Each new fellow receives an official certificate and a gold-and-blue rosette — the gold representing science, the blue representing engineering.

For a list of all UC Davis AAAS Fellows