J. Marie Hardwick, PhD, the David Bodian Professor in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Bloomberg School, has been elected as a new Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, an honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology. Professor Hardwick studies the basic molecular mechanisms of programmed cell death, which is required throughout life for human health and for responding to infections. Professor Hardwick is also a leader in the emerging field of programmed microorganism cell death, which was previously thought not to exist.
“Election to the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM) fellowship is among the greatest honors that a scientist working in the fields of microbial sciences can receive in their lifetime. Congratulations to Marie, a leader in the field of cell death and a trusted colleague, on this impressive accomplishment,” said Arturo Casadevall, MD, PhD, MMI department chair, chair of the American Society for Microbiology, and elected Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (2002).
"Marie has pioneered studies of cell death related to microorganisms and the cells they infect. She is richly deserving of this recognition," says Diane Griffin, MD, PhD, University Distinguished Service Professor, former MMI department chair, Vice President, the National Academy of Sciences, and elected Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (2004).
The American Academy of Microbiology elected 65 new fellows to the Class of 2023. Professor Hardwick is one of just 21 women Fellows elected in the U.S. and five other countries. Fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology are elected annually through a highly selective, peer-review process, based on their records of scientific achievements and original contributions that have advanced microbiology.
This year, there are two Fellows from Johns Hopkins—Professor Hardwick and Joel Blankson, PhD, MD, of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.