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NIDCD Grantee Among Newly Elected Members to the National Academy of Sciences

May 7, 2010

NIDCD grantee King-Wai Yau, Ph.D., is among 72 new American members recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Created in 1863 by a congressional charter approved by President Abraham Lincoln, NAS is a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to furthering science and technology and using those advances for the general welfare. Election to the NAS is one of the highest honors to be bestowed upon a scientist or engineer.

Dr. Yau is a well-respected scientist who studies both sight and smell. He has made major contributions to our understanding of the structure and function of biochemical elements in the sensing of visual stimuli in the retina. More recently, Dr. Yau expanded his innovative work to include mechanisms of sensory signaling in the olfactory system, advancing our understanding of how we sense odors through the study of a biochemical process, known as odor signal transduction, in which specific odors activate specific olfactory neurons. His concurrent studies in the detection of sensory stimuli in the eye and nose are revealing important similarities and differences between the two sensory systems.

Dr. Yau is a professor of neuroscience in the Solomon Snyder Department of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore. He received his Ph.D. in neurobiology from Harvard University. Dr. Yau's research is supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, the National Eye Institute and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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May 7, 2010