Susan Baserga, professor of molecular biophysics & biochemistry, genetics, and therapeutic radiology at Yale University and the Yale School of Medicine, has been elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.
Baserga was one of 148 inventors named 2018 NAI fellows by the organization, which annually recognizes the spirit of innovation in creating outstanding inventions.
Baserga holds three biotechnology patents related to her work in the field of eukaryotic ribosome biogenesis and its relation to cancer and human genetic diseases.
“Susan J. Baserga has made paradigm-shifting contributions to the field of ribosome biogenesis, the nucleolus, human diseases of making ribosomes, and the impact of ribosome biogenesis on cell growth, cell division and cancer,” the academy wrote in announcing her election.
She was also lauded for her active mentorship of more than 30 young scientists in her lab.
Baserga is a 2018 winner of the Connecticut Technology Council Woman of Innovation in Research & Leadership award, the 2016 recipient of the William C. Rose Award from the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (outstanding research and commitment to training young scientists), and the Charles W. Bohmfalk Prize for basic science teaching at the Yale School of Medicine.
With the election of the 2018 class, there are now over 1,000 NAI Fellows, representing more than 250 research universities and government and non-profit research institutes. The 2018 fellows are named inventors on nearly 4,000 issued U.S. patents.