Dr. Felicia Goodrum Named Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology

Felicia Goodrum, PhD, is one of only 109 scientists worldwide to receive the distinction this year.

Associate Professor of Immunobiology Felicia Goodrum, PhD, has been elected a fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Microbiology (AAM).

She is one of only 109 scientists nationwide to receive this distinction for 2019. The academy will name no additional fellows this year.

Part of the American Society for Microbiology, the academy elects fellows annually through a highly selective peer-review process. Fellows are chosen based on their scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced the field of microbiology.

“I am honored to be elected into this prestigious academy,” Dr. Goodrum said. “The company of the other 108 fellows is spectacular and I am honored to be among them.

Dr. Goodrum joined the Department of Immunobiology at University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson in 2006. She is also a member of the UA BIO5 Institute.

In the lab, Dr. Goodrum studies cytomegalovirus, one of nine human herpesviruses, that infects as much as 99 percent of the human population worldwide. She hopes to better understand how the virus establishes a lifelong latency, or dormancy, in individuals. Understanding how the virus persists latently and then reactivates to produce the virus again is key to learning how to control the viral disease.

Dr. Goodrum earned a bachelor’s degree in 1992 from Virginia Tech and a doctorate in 1998 from Wake Forest University. She went on to conduct a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University. Her past honors include the Howard Temin Award, the Pew Scholar in Biomedical Sciences Award and the U.S. Presidential Award for Early Career Scientists and Engineers.

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