UW News

November 30, 2018

UW professors Terrance Kavanagh, Jay Shendure elected as fellows of the AAAS

Two University of Washington researchers are among the 416 new fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, announced in November. Election as a fellow of the AAAS is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers, in recognition of their efforts to advance science or its applications.

Terrance Kavanagh

Terrance Kavanagh

Terrance Kavanagh, a UW professor of environmental and occupational health sciences in the School of Public Health, is recognized “for studies of effects of oxidative stress on adverse health effects associated with exposure to air pollution and environmental chemicals.”

Kavanagh investigates adverse health effects of exposure to air pollution and chemicals to understand the mechanisms by which they cause toxicity and inflammation. He also studies the role of antioxidants and is developing more accurate in vitro models to test chemicals for potential risk to humans.

Kavanagh directs the UW Interdisciplinary Center for Exposures, Diseases, Genomics and Environment and the UW Nanotoxicology Center and co-directs the Predictive Toxicology Center. He is also an adjunct professor in the departments of Medicine and Pathology.

Jay Shendure

Jay Shendure

Jay Shendure, professor of genome sciences at the UW School of Medicine, was selected for “the development of technologies and methods to advance genetics and genomics, with a focus on technologies that impact the understanding of human diseases.”

Shendure leads a research group that advances rapid, less-expensive, next-generation DNA sequencing. He is also a pioneer in exome sequencing that looks at the protein-coding regions of an individual’s genome. Exome sequencing is now being used by groups worldwide to find gene variants for single-gene disorders and for disease traits influenced by multiple genes.

Shendure directs the Brotman Baty Institute, established last year to combine the scientific strengths in precision medicine of UW Medicine, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children’s. He is also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and directs the Allen Discovery Center for Cell Lineage Tracing.