|UNCís Kerry Bloom elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences|
|Wednesday, April 24, 2013|
Kerry Steven Bloom, Thad L. Beyle Distinguished Professor of biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honorary societies and a leading center for independent policy research.
Throughout his career, Bloom has become an internationally recognized expert on chromosome segregation, which is key to understanding birth defects and cancer. He was the first person in the world to clone and molecularly describe a centromere, the region on a DNA molecule that directs segregation of chromosomes to daughter cells, and has developed biochemical and optical methods to visualize these dynamics – work that has pioneered the field of nuclear migration.
Bloom began his career at UNC in 1982, and received UNC's highest research award, the Ruth and Philip Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement, in1989. During his tenure, Bloom has received numerous honors and awards, including election to the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2011.
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