HKIAS Senior Fellow Professor George Fu Gao elected Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences
Professor George Fu Gao, HKIAS Senior Fellow, was elected a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) on 30 April 2019. The honour recognizes the significant contribution of Professor Gao in the field of clinical-related preventive medical sciences and public health. The National Academy of Sciences elected 100 new members and 25 foreign associates in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research this year.
Professor Gao’s research interests include enveloped viruses and molecular immunology, mainly focusing on the enveloped virus entry and release, especially interspecies transmission (host jump) of influenza virus and coronaviruses. His research has recently expanded to public health policy and global health strategy.
Professor Gao is a member / fellow of several academies, including the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM), the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) and the African Academy of Sciences (AAS). He is a recipient of numerous awards, including The World Academy of Sciences Medical Prize (2012), the Nikkei Asia Prize (2014), the Japanese Foreign Minister’s Award (2015), the Gamaleya Medal (Russia 2018) and the HKU Centennial Distinguished Chinese Scholars Scheme (2019).
The National Academy of Sciences is a private, non-profit society of distinguished scholars, which was established by an Act of Congress, signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. Membership is a widely accepted mark of excellence in science and is considered one of the highest honors that a scientist can receive. Nearly 500 members of the NAS have won the Nobel Prizes.