National Academy of Sciences Elects Two Johns Hopkins Medicine Researchers to Ranks


Amy Bastian, Ph.D. (left) and Jennifer Elisseeff Ph.D. (right). Credit: Johns Hopkins Medicine

Two researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine were elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), a private, nonprofit community of esteemed scientists committed to furthering science and scientific research within America. The NAS is also the publisher of the notable journal, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, or PNAS.

Amy Bastian, Ph.D., and Jennifer Elisseeff, Ph.D., join over 120 members elected to NAS this year, who will now be a part of over 2,500 active members of the organization. Scientists elected to NAS are selected by their peers based on their exceptional contributions in research.

Amy Bastian, Ph.D., is the chief scientific officer and director of the Center for Movement Studies at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, and professor of neuroscience, neurology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Bastian combines her expertise in neuroscience and physical therapy to study human movement. Specifically, she has a focus on the effects of disease and damage to the central nervous system on movement in adults and children, as well as how people learn new patterns of movement. Bastian received her doctorate and did postdoctoral fellowship training in neuroscience at Washington University in St. Louis. She joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2001.

Jennifer Elisseeff, Ph.D., is the Morton Goldberg Professor of Ophthalmology and director of the Translational Tissue Engineering Center at the Johns Hopkins University Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Wilmer Eye Institute.

The Translational Tissue Engineering Center is a research hub for immunoengineering. Since joining the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2001, Elisseeff has developed biomaterials and designed regenerative medicine technologies. Her lab is studying how the immune system responds to biomaterials and how these materials can aid tissue repair. Elisseeff received her doctorate in medical engineering from Harvard–MIT and did her postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Elisseeff is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Medicine.

A full list of newly elected members can be seen here.