Sandra McLellan, a professor of freshwater sciences, has been named a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, the honors leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology. McLellan is one of 68 fellows elected this year.
Fellows are chosen annually through a highly selective, peer-review process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology. The academy received 118 nominations this year.
There are over 2,500 fellows in the academy, representing all subspecialties of the microbial sciences and involved in research, teaching, public health, industry and government service. Fellows of 2020 are from 11 countries: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Chile, China, France, Germany, Israel, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
“Academy Fellows are eminent leaders in the field of microbiology and are relied upon for authoritative advice and insight on critical issues in microbiology,” said ArturoCasadevall,
chair of the governors of the American Academy of Microbiology.
McLellan researches the connections between human health and environmental processes in aquatic systems. More specifically, she uses bacterial markers of pollution from stormwater runoff and sewer overflows in urban freshwater systems. She also is working to develop new approaches for assessing sources of pollution in the Great Lakes and on Great Lakes beaches using microbiology.