Deisseroth, Garcia, Tibshirani named to National Academy of Sciences

Karl Deisseroth

Three School of Medicine faculty members have been named as new members of the National Academy of Sciences. The academy is an honorific society that recognizes distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

They were joined by three other Stanford University faculty inducted into the academy this year. The NAS has 2,152 active members and 430 foreign associates. The three medical school faculty are:

Renee Reijo Pera

Christopher Garcia

Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD, associate professor of bioengineering and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. He is both a practicing psychiatrist and the developer of optogenetics, a technique that allows scientists to tease apart the complex circuits that compose the brain so that the circuits can be studied one by one.

Christopher Garcia, PhD, professor of molecular and cellular physiology and of structural biology. His lab investigates how receptors on a cell surface relay information from the outside to the inside of a cell, a step that is fundamental to virtually all physiological functions.

Robert Tibshirani

Robert Tibshirani, PhD, professor of health research and policy. He has introduced innovative approaches to biostatistics and pioneered methods that have become standard in the field. Specifically, he focuses on computer-intensive methods for regression and classification, bootstrap, cross-validation and statistical inference, and signal and image analysis for medical diagnosis.

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