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Guangping Gao elected to American Academy of Microbiology

UMass Medical School Communications

February 05, 2019
  Guangping Gao, PhD

Guangping Gao, PhD

Guangping Gao, PhD, has been elected to the American Academy of Microbiology, the honorific leadership group of the American Society of Microbiology. Dr. Gao was among a group of 109 fellows elected in 2019 through a highly selective, peer-review process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology.

Gao is the Penelope Booth Rockwell Professor in Biomedical Research, professor of microbiology & physiological systems, director of the Horae Gene Therapy Center and co-director of the Li Weibo Institute for Rare Diseases Research. Gao has played a key role in the discovery and characterization of new AAV serotypes. The Gene Therapy Center that he directs explores the promise of AAV vectors for treating a wide range of genetic diseases. The Gao lab focuses on AAV vector mediated in vivo gene transfer for gene therapy in general, and gene therapy of inherited neurodegenerative Canavan disease in particular.

Nearly two dozen faculty at UMass Medical School are elected members of the AAM. There are more than 2,400 AAM fellows around the world, representing all subspecialties of the microbial sciences and involved in basic and applied research, teaching, public health, industry, and government service.

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