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May 24, 2006

Soll Elected Fellow Of American Academy Of Microbiology

University of Iowa biological sciences researcher David Soll has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM).

Soll, who serves as Emil Witschi-Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver Professor in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Biological Sciences, was recognized for excellence, originality and creativity. The award was formally announced May 24 during the annual general meeting of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) in Orlando, Fla.

Soll, a UI faculty member since 1972, is internationally known for his work on Candida albicans and cell motility, as well as his investigations in a variety of other research fields. Among his current research activities, Soll and his colleagues are studying Shwachman-Bodian-Diamond syndrome (SBDS), a rare disease affecting the pancreas, white blood cell function and general human development of children.

During the past 10 years, Soll and his colleagues have continued to investigate the molecular mechanisms that regulate animal cell locomotion, most recently on the role played by the gene responsible for polycystic kidney disease, the most common life-threatening genetic disease in man. Soll also is director of the Developmental Studies Hybridoma Bank developed under the auspices of the National Institutes of Health. Soll's laboratory is composed of more than 20 researchers and staff. Their research interests include the effects of ultra sound on corn and soy beans, investigating fungi responsible for a variety of human diseases, and the bioremediation of hog waste. During nearly two decades, Soll's research has brought to the University of Iowa some $50 million in funding.

The American Society for Microbiology is the largest single life science society, composed of over 42,000 scientists and health professionals. ASM's mission is to advance the microbiological sciences as a vehicle for understanding life processes and to apply and communicate this knowledge for the improvement of health and environmental and economic well being worldwide.

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