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Dr. Harmit Malik Elected Fellow of American Academy of Microbiology

By February 20, 2019No Comments

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center investigator Dr. Harmit Malikhas been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, an honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology. Malik, a member of the Hutch’s Basic Sciences Division and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, was one of 109 fellows elected this year. Annual fellow selection is a highly selective, peer-reviewed process that is based on nominees’ records of scientific achievement and original, microbiology-advancing contributions.

Malik studies genetic conflict, the competition between genes with opposing functions that shapes their evolution. Interactions between pathogens and host immune proteins influence evolution on both sides, as microbes and hosts evolve to evade or counteract the other’s defenses.