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Ralph Baric, PhD, professor in the UNC Department of Microbiology & Immunology, is one of four UNC-Chapel Hill faculty members elected as part of a class of 120 new members.

The National Academy of Sciences announced the election of 120 members — 59 of whom are women, the most elected in a single year — and 30 international members in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Four UNC-Chapel Hill faculty members were elected:

Ralph Baric, PhD, the William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and professor in the UNC Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the UNC School of Medicine;

Kerry Bloom, PhD, the Thad L. Beyle Distinguished Professor and Chair in the UNC Department of Biology in the UNC College of Arts and Sciences;

Joseph Kieber, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Biology;

Edward Salmon, PhD, professor of biology.

Baric one of the top SARS researchers in the world and has lead research this past year to develop treatments and vaccines for COVID-19.

Those elected today bring the total number of active members to 2,461 and the total number of international members to 511. International members are nonvoting members of the Academy, with citizenship outside the United States.

Read more about this news at the academy’s website.