Dr. Paula Traktman named Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology
April 02, 2013 College News - Paula Traktman, PhD, Chair and Walter Schroeder Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and Senior Associate Dean for Research Development, has been elected as a 2013 Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. She will receive her designation at a ceremony during the academy’s annual meeting in Denver.
Dr. Traktman’s research focuses on the life cycle of vaccinia virus, which was used in the vaccination campaign that led to the global eradication of smallpox. Specific efforts have centered on viral genome replication (the process of amplifying the genes of the virus during the infection process), the role of the two virally encoded protein kinases and the virally encoded protein phosphatase (which are used to transmit signals and control complex processes in cells), and virion morphogenesis (the coordinated assembly of the complex, infectious virus particles that will spread to new cells and hosts).
In addition to her research and administrative duties, Dr. Traktman has personally trained 21 pre-doctoral students as well as a number of post-doctoral fellows. She also has served on various editorial boards and National Institutes of Health grant review panels, and has served in leadership roles in national organizations. This includes serving as president of the Association of Medical School Microbiology and Immunology Chairs, and upcoming President of the American Society of Virology (2013-2014).
Dr. Traktman received her PhD in molecular and cellular biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and completed her post-doctoral fellowship in molecular virology at Harvard Medical School. She was a member of the faculty of the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York prior to coming to MCW as Chairman.
Fellows are elected through a highly selective, annual, peer review process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology. Each elected Fellow has built an exemplary career in basic and applied research, teaching, clinical and public health, industry or government service. Election to Fellowship indicates recognition of distinction in microbiology by one’s peers.