Vector biologist Anthony A. James has been named Distinguished Professor in recognition of his research into infectious diseases such as malaria and dengue fever through molecular genetic studies of mosquitoes. In 2006, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, and in 2005 he received a $19.7 million grant from the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health to lead an international effort to develop new methods to control the transmission of dengue fever. James is a professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics in the UC Irvine School of Medicine, and in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry in the School of Biological Sciences.