Date: 29.11.2018

Julius Lukeš eclected as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Professor Julius Lukeš as the only Czech Scientist has been eclected as 2018 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) — one of the most prestigious honors given to U.S. and worldwide researchers who have made exceptional efforts to advance science. Fellows are selected by their academic peers.

Julius Lukeš, has been elected within the biological section for a long-term contribution to evolutionary studies in protistology and molecular parasitology with focus on trypanosomatids and apicomplexa.

Professor Lukeš is a Director of the Institute of Parasitology, Biology Centre, Czech Academy of Sciences, and a professor at the Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia. For more than twenty years, he´s been involved in the molecular biology of parasitic protozoa that cause a number of serious diseases. He is the author or co-author of two hundred publications in scientific journals. Since 2004, he has been a member of the Czech Learned Society, in 2014 he was eclected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and one year later he became a Fellow of the European Academy of Microbiology.

AAAS (www.aaas.org), the world’s largest general scientific organization, has named fellows every year since 1874, with notable previous fellows including Thomas Edison, Margaret Mead and James Watson. The new fellows, announced Nov. 29 in the Science (www.sciencemag.org), will be recognized at the 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. during a Fellows Forum on Feb. 16. They will be presented with an official certificate and the AAAS Fellows’ gold and blue rosette pin, the colors of which represent the fields of science and engineering respectively.

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