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ALBUQUERQUE, NM – UNM Health Sciences Center’s Laurel Sillerud, Ph.D., has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Sillerud, a research professor with UNM’s School of Medicine and MRI core director at UNM’s BRaIN Imaging Center, was elected for his distinguished contributions to non-invasive technologies, especially NMR analysis of living organisms, isotope-directed NMR, and polarization transfer NMR.

Sillerud began developing a handheld Magnetic Resonance device about eight years ago to detect dangerous pathogens and bacteria. This miniaturized nuclear magnetic resonance device attaches magnetic beads to a broad spectrum of pathogen and bacteria targets. The detected targets then can be isolated for further investigation.

“At its base level, this is a concept that interfaces physics and biology,” Sillerud asserts. “This is something unique that I bring to the table. I’m honored to be recognized by the AAAS for my work.”

Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. This year 702 members were awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874. Currently, members can be considered for the rank of Fellow if nominated by the steering groups of the Association’s 24 sections, or by any three Fellows who are current AAAS members (so long as two of the three sponsors are not affiliated with the nominee's institution), or by the AAAS chief executive officer.

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