The University of Iowa’s Dr. Jeffrey Murray has been awarded the distinction of 2014 fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.
Dr. Murray, a professor in the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics and a professor of epidemiology in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, was elected “for distinguished contributions to the fields of genetics and medical genetics, particularly discoveries in cleft lip and palate and early term birth.”
Dr. Murray received a medical degree from the Tufts Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, and joined the UI in 1984. His lab focuses on identifying genetic and environmental causes of complex diseases specifically premature birth and birth defects such as cleft lip and palate.
His interdisciplinary work on epidemiologic factors associated with craniofacial anomalies or preterm birth involves collaboration with scientists in Argentina, Brazil, the Philippines, Thailand, India, Denmark, Norway, and Japan, and aims to provide prevention and better treatment for children with complications due to prematurity or birth defects. Dr. Murray is the immediate past president of the American Society of Human Genetics and now serves as a deputy director in the Discovery and Translational Sciences group for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.