Plant Pathologist Elected Fellow of American Academy of Microbiology

Shou-Wei Ding is recognized for his outstanding contributions to microbiology and for being an eminent leader in the field.

Shou-Wei Ding

Shou-Wei Ding is a professor of plant pathology and microbiology at UC Riverside. Photo credit: UCR Strategic Communications.

Shou-Wei Ding, a professor of plant pathology and microbiology at the University of California, Riverside, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.  He is one of only 80 new fellows elected to the academy this year.

Academy fellows are eminent leaders in the field of microbiology and are relied upon for authoritative advice and information on critical issues in microbiology.

The academy is the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), and recognizes excellence, originality, and creativity in the microbiological sciences. It recognizes scientists for outstanding contributions to microbiology.

Ding’s election to the academy is a “mark of distinction,” his letter of notification notes. As a newly elected fellow, he will be recognized at the general meeting of the ASM in San Francisco, June 19.

Ding received his Ph.D. from the Australian National University, and subsequently completed postdoctoral training at University of Adelaide, South Australia. He has previously served on the faculty of the Institute of Molecular Agrobiology at the National University of Singapore. He investigates the immune responses of model plant and animal host organisms to RNA virus infection and the viral counter-defense strategies. He has more than 60 scientific publications. He is a senior editor of PLoS Pathogenes. He also serves on the editorial boards of Virology and Journal of Virology.

Ding’s research programs are mainly funded by the National Institutes of Health and the California Citrus Research Board. His teaching focuses on virology.

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