Hanson named AAAS fellow

Phyllis I. Hanson, MD, PhD, the Gerty T. Cori Professor is one of 391 new fellows selected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest scientific society.

Hanson is being recognized for her innovative contributions to defining the molecular machinery responsible for transporting proteins in membrane-bound packets to different parts of the cell or outside the cell. Dr. Hanson is known for her work on a family of enzymes known as AAA+ ATPases that change the shape of proteins and the membranes with which they are associated, and on the machinery that plays a vital role in bending membranes away from the cytoplasm to bud off small vesicles and viruses. Her research has led to insight into the pathogenesis of diseases that involve defects in membrane trafficking, including dystonia (a movement disorder in which muscles contract uncontrollably), neurodegenerative disease and cancer.

The new fellows were honored on Feb.18 during the 2017 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston.

Congratulations, Phyllis!