Yasmine Belkaid Elected to NAS
Congratulations to Yasmine Belkaid who has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for 2017. She explores the field of immune regulation and has defined fundamental mechanisms that regulate tissue homeostasis and host immune responses. She has uncovered key roles for the commensal microbiota and dietary factors in the maintenance of tissue immunity and protection against pathogens, demonstrating that commensals play a major role in the control of host defense in both the skin and the gastrointestinal tract. The NAS announced in May that it had elected 84 new members and 21 foreign associates in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Election to the academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. Including the newly elected, the total number of active members is 2,290, and the total number of foreign associates is 475.