Irvine, Calif., Nov. 23, 2015 – Biological chemistry professor Robert Moyzis and chemistry professor Sergey Nizkorodov of the University of California, Irvine have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Election to AAAS fellowship is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers.

Moyzis was recognized for the discovery and molecular cloning of the human telomere, a landmark addition to the body of knowledge about chromosome structure and function.

Nizkorodov was noted for outstanding contributions to the understanding of the fundamental molecular chemistry and photochemistry of complex organic aerosols and their importance in air quality and climate.

This year, 347 AAAS members were made fellows because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. They will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on Friday, Nov. 27.

With this year’s class, UCI has 141 AAAS fellows.

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