School of Medicine

Leslie Thompson named AAAS fellow

Nov. 25 -- UC Irvine neurobiologist Leslie Thompson has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Election as an AAAS fellow is an honor bestowed upon association members by their peers. Thompson, a professor of psychiatry & human behavior, biological chemistry and neurobiology & behavior, was selected for her distinguished contributions to the Huntington’s disease field, particularly relating to mechanisms underlying the cause of the disease, to medical school teaching and to HD-related professional societies.

Thompson is a research member of Institute for Memory Impairments & Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND), the Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center and the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

This year’s 388 new AAAS fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the Nov. 29 issue of the journal Science. Each will be presented with an official certificate and a gold rosette pin Feb. 15 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2014 AAAS annual meeting in Chicago. UC Irvine mathematician Qing Nie was also named a fellow; Nie and Thompson are the 133rd and 134th UC Irvine researchers to be named AAAS fellows.