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David Briles, Ph.D., named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Photo of David BrilesDavid Briles, Ph.D., professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Medicine’s Department of Microbiology and Department of Pediatrics, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Election as an AAAS fellow is an honor bestowed on AAAS members by their peers. This year, 391 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

Briles’ research examines molecular biology and genetics of bacterial pathogenesis, bacterial vaccines, and epidemiology of bacterial infections. Together with other colleagues at UAB and past trainees, he holds a number of patents on pneumococcal vaccine antigens.

The AAAS is the world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific society and a leading publisher of cutting-edge research through its Science family of journals.

New fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a rosette pin of gold and blue, representing science and engineering, respectively, Saturday, Feb. 18, at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2017 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Fellows Forum will be held on Saturday, February 18 at 8:00 a.m. in the Boston Marriott Copley Place, Grand Ballroom 4th Floor.

David Briles is the son of our own late W. Ellwood Briles professor emeritus, Department of Biological Sciences. Briles was head of immunogenetic research at DeKalb Agriculture Association before joining the NIU faculty in 1970. Working with his wife, Clara Ruth Wilson, and others, he made significant discoveries about poultry diseases and disease resistance. He received the Poultry Science Research Prize and the Merck Award for Research Achievement in Poultry Science. Both he and his wife were elected to the Poultry Science Hall of Fame.