UO biologist Eric Selker elected to National Academy of Sciences
University of Oregon biologist Eric U. Selker, a member of the Institute of Molecular Biology, is among 84 newly elected members of the National Academy of Sciences.
Another 21 foreign associates from 15 countries also were selected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
Selker joined the UO faculty in 1985. He studies how eukaryote genomes function. His research focuses on gene silencing and concentrates on mechanisms involving DNA methylation and special states of chromatin. Methylation is essential for normal growth and development in plants and animals; abnormal methylation is associated with diseases such as cancer. The research in his UO lab primarily uses the easy-to-manipulate fungus Neurospora crassa.
Selker is the eighth scientist on the active NAS membership list from the UO. Chemist Geraldine "Geri" Richmond was elected in 2011. Other UO members are: Terrell Hill, biophysics and computational biology, 1965; Franklin Stahl, genetics, 1976; Peter von Hippel, biochemistry, 1978; Michael Posner, psychological and cognitive sciences, 1981; John Schellman, biophysics and computational biology, 1982; and Brian Matthews, biophysics and computational biology, 1986.
The full list of those elected this year is available online.
Just a year ago, Selker was elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies and a leading center for independent policy research.