Item of Interest: NIH Distinguished Investigator Gisela Storz Elected AAAS Fellow

Gisela Storz headshot.
Gisela Storz, Ph.D.
Credit: NIH

Gisela “Gigi” Storz, Ph.D., an NIH Distinguished Investigator at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), has been elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

The AAAS Council, the governing body of the organization, elects fellows “whose efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications in service to society have distinguished them among their peers and colleagues.” Dr. Storz was honored for “distinguished contributions to the field of microbiology, particularly on the role of non-coding RNAs in gene regulation and on mechanisms of the oxidative stress response in bacteria and yeast.”

Dr. Storz heads the NICHD Section on Environmental Gene Regulation, which seeks to identify and characterize small noncoding RNAs and small proteins (i.e., less than 50 amino acids), which are often overlooked but have important roles in cells and bacteria. Dr. Storz is a longtime NICHD researcher and serves as the Associate Scientific Director of the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biology within the Division of Intramural Research.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a doctoral degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She completed postdoctoral work at the National Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Storz joined NICHD in 1991 as a tenure-track investigator and established a lab focused on the study of the bacterial and fungal responses to oxidative stress and redox-sensitive transcription factors.

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