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University of Iowa News Release

May 12, 2003

UI Microbiologist Elected To American Academy Of Microbiology

Michael Apicella, M.D., University of Iowa professor and head of microbiology, has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM). The Academy is an honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), which is the world's oldest and largest life science organization.

Academy Fellows are elected by their peers based on their records of outstanding contributions to microbiology, scientific achievements and leadership. Apicella is one of only 1,800 scientists elected to the AAM in its almost 50-year history. He is honored for his research on lipooligosaccharide, a molecule found on the outer surface of certain types of bacteria. His studies have provided important insights on how these bacteria cause disease in humans.

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OTHER INFORMATION: (This release is adapted from an American Society of Microbiology release)