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