Professor Dominique Bergmann was elected to the National Academy of Sciences at its Annual Meeting on May 2, 2017. Bergmann, who is also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, began efforts as a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford to establish stomatal cells as a model for developmental studies in plants. Her lab now focuses on these cells to learn about cell fate, stem-cell self-renewal and cell specialization.
The NAS is an honorific society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research. Members of the Academy are elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research; election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a scientist or engineer.