Systems biology pioneer named an AAAS fellow

Alan Aderem -- an immunologist, cell biologist and a pioneer in systems biology -- is currently the president and director of Seattle BioMed. | Courtesy of

The American Association for the Advancement of Science recently named Alan Aderem a fellow in the esteemed organization.

Aderem is an internationally recognized immunologist, cell biologist and pioneer in the field of systems biology who is currently the president and director of Seattle BioMed. He is also a member of the AAAS Section on Biological Sciences.

AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society, with over 120,000 members. Fellows are elected by AAAS members.

“We are extremely proud of Alan, and we are excited that his tremendous contributions to the global scientific community and the field of infectious disease research have been recognized by AAAS,” Seattle BioMed founder Ken Stuart said.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the AAAS, especially at such an exciting time for Seattle BioMed,” Aderem said. “Our application of systems biology to understand the infectious diseases that plague resource-poor countries is advancing us to our ultimate goal of developing vaccines, drugs and diagnostics.”

In his current role at Seattle BioMed since 2012, Aderem’s research projects focus on diseases afflicting citizens of resource-poor countries, such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and influenza. One of Aderem’s current projects is based on integrating systems biology approaches into Seattle BioMed’s research programs to accelerate vaccine, diagnostics and drug development.

Before joining Seattle BioMed, Aderem co-founded the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) with Leroy Hood and Ruedi Aebersold in 2000, and also served as its director. Hood is currently ISB's president.

“Alan Aderem richly deserves being inducted as a fellow of the AAAS,” Hood added. “As a pioneer in a central field in immunology, innate immunity, he made fundamental contributions over a long career at Rockefeller University, the University of Washington and the Institute for Systems Biology. Through his work, Aderem is bringing transformational systems approaches to the study of infectious diseases and vaccine production.”