Dr. Todd R. Klaenhammer,
William Neal Reynolds Professor of food science and microbiology, has
been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Election to membership
in the NAS is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded
a U.S. scientist. The NAS, signed into being by Abraham Lincoln in 1863,
has included eminent scientists from Albert Einstein and Alexander Graham
Bell to Carl Sagan and James Watson.
Klaenhammer is one of 72 U.S. scientists elected to the prestigious academy
this year, and the first food scientist ever to become an NAS member.
His election brings to nine the number of current NC State faculty who
are NAS members. The university also has 10 current faculty who are members
of NAS peer institution, the National Academy of Engineering.
Klaenhammer is director of the Southeast Dairy Foods Research Center at
NC State, and is one of the worlds leading experts on the beneficial
roles of lactic acid bacteria, which are used to preserve foods and prevent
the growth of food-borne pathogens. He is widely cited for his seminal
research to develop gene-based defenses that prevent viruses from infecting
the beneficial bacterial cultures that ferment milk into cheese.
Klaenhammers research group is also internationally recognized for
its genomic studies on Lactobacillus cultures that are beneficial
in the human gastrointestinal tract. Genomic information is being used
to understand how these beneficial bacteria survive passage through the
stomach, enter the intestines, and produce various benefits, including
improved digestion and stimulation of the immune system.
more information, please visit http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/food_science/trk/main.html