Dr. Linda Brzustowicz has been named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Four Rutgers professors are among 388 members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) who have been elevated to the rank of fellow. The pre-eminent national organization selects its fellows based on their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.
Linda Brzustowicz, who is one of the four Rutgers faculty to receive this great honor, will be given an official certificate and a gold and blue rosette pin Saturday, Feb. 15, at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2014 AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago.
Dr. Brzustowicz, Chair of the Department of Genetics, School of Arts and Sciences. Brzustowicz is a psychiatrist and molecular geneticist whose research focuses on identifying and understanding genetic factors that increase an individual's risk for developing psychiatric illness. She and her team are studying schizophrenia, autism and specific language impairment to learn how changes in DNA can increase the risk in some people for developing these neuropsychiatric diseases. Brzustowicz and her colleagues have developed analytical techniques to help identify genetic patterns that enable scientists to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms that lead to these developmental brain disorders.
The association cited Brzustowicz "for pioneering approaches in molecular and statistical genetics, and for advancing the understanding of human neurological disease, particularly schizophrenia, specific language impairment, and autism."