LA JOLLA, CA — A research scientist from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in San Diego, Ardem Patapoulian, has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences for his “distinguished and continuing achievements in original research,” the academy announced Ardem joins several other TSRI scientists as members of this exclusive group of scientific scholars.
“Ardem has made extraordinary contributions to science,” said TSRI President Peter G, Schulz, Ph.D “His work, and this well-deserved recognition, place him among an elite group of scientists, and we are incredibly proud to have him as a colleague. I wish him a hearty congratulations.”
Patapoutian, Ph.D, a TSRI professor and member of the Dorris Neuroscience Center at TSRI and investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, studies how cells “talk” to each other and send signals through the body. His lab works to uncover the basic mysteries of human sensory biology, such as proteins underlying our sense of touch, and contribute to the development of future treatments for disease.
“It is truly such an honor to be recognized by the NAS, especially as the need to advocate for strong science public policy is more urgent than ever,” said Patapoutian. “TSRI has truly enabled the cutting edge techniques that propelled our research forward.”
Patapoutian is among the academy’s 84 new members and 21 foreign associates.
The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit institution that was established in 1863. It recognizes achievement in science by election to membership and, along with other groups, provides science, technology and health policy advice to the federal government and other organizations.
He is the son of Sarkis and Haigouhi Patapoutian. Sarkis is an author and writes under the name Sarkis Vahaken, and Haigouhi has be a respected educator for over 50 years.