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Sheridan Honored as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

December, 2008

Dr. John Sheridan, a professor in the College of Dentistry’s Division of Oral Biology, has joined the ranks of the most prestigious researchers in the nation with his recent selection as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Established in 1848, AAAS is the largest general scientific society in the world, and those who are honored as Fellows in the organization represent an elite group of scientists whose outstanding work has increased the body of knowledge in a particular subject area.

Dr. Sheridan’s Fellow award is a result of his “distinguished contributions to the fields of oral biology, molecular virology, immunology and medical genetics.” Sheridan is the College of Dentistry’s Associate Dean of Research, and he is a faculty member in the College of Medicine’s Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics. He also holds the George C. Paffenburger Endowed Chair in Dental Research, which supports his study of the interactions of the mind and body as they relate to the regulation of the human immune system.

Throughout his distinguished career as a researcher and scientist, Sheridan has held a number of prestigious academic and advisory positions that include the following: a research fellow in the Division of Comparative Medicine at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Medicine; a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Duke University Medical Center; a visiting scientist and advisor for the World Health Organization in Zurich, Switzerland; a member of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research; and a distinguished lecturer for the Task Force in Psychoneuroimmunology at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Graduating in 1974 with a Ph.D. in microbiology from the Waksman Institute of Microbiology at Rutgers University, Sheridan has made immunological research the focus of his career, with three areas of primary interest: viral immunology, neuroendocrine immunology and behavioral medicine, and tissue repair as it relates to wound healing.

The author of more than 100 journal articles and monograph chapters, Sheridan’s current studies examine stress-induced cellular and molecular mechanisms that affect immunity and resistance to infectious diseases. To date, these studies have demonstrated the importance of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis in viral pathogenesis, resistance to infectious disease, and the immune response to vaccines and wound healing. This research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the National Institute of Mental Health, the World Health Organization, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

As a newly elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Dr. Sheridan joins a national group of scientists and scholars whose work significantly contributes to the existing body of knowledge in their field of expertise, and whose research furthers the advancement of the study of science worldwide.

The College of Dentistry congratulates Dr. Sheridan for his outstanding academic career, for his contributions to the field of immunological research, and for the honor of being elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.