Dr. Griffin was recognized by the Academy for her achievements in studying alphaviruses, which are pathogenic to mammals and birds. She is studying Sindbis virus, an alphavirus that causes encephalitis in mice, and she is working to identify the gene that is an important determinant of susceptibility to fatal forms of the disease. Dr. Griffin also discovered that measles suppresses the replication of HIV. Her efforts in identifying the mechanism that allows this suppression will help in the development of improved measles vaccines, especially for young infants.
The mission of the American Academy of Microbiology is to recognize scientific excellence and foster knowledge and understanding in the microbiological sciences. The Academy is the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology, the world’s oldest life science organization.
Fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology are elected annually through a highly selective, peer-reviewed process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology. There are now just over 2,000 Fellows representing 37 countries and all subspecialties of microbiology, including basic and applied research, teaching, public health and industry and government service.