Dr. Arthur Beaudet, chair of molecular and human genetics at Baylor College of Medicine, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences today.

Beaudet was one of 72 new members and 18 foreign associates from 15 countries elected to the Academy in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

"What a terrific and deserving recognition for Art Beaudet and the outstanding work he has done in the field of molecular genetics," said Dr. Paul E. Klotman, BCM president and CEO. "Election to the Academy is a significant honor and highlights the best work in science. This is an important recognition for him, his department, and the entire research effort at Baylor College of Medicine."

Beaudet focuses his research on the role of epigenetics in human disease with a particular emphasis on genomic imprinting and diseases associated with mental retardation and autism.

Along with serving as the Henry and Emma Meyer Chair in Molecular Genetics and professor in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Beaudet also is a professor in the departments of pediatrics and molecular & cellular biology.

Beaudet is the fifth BCM faculty member to be named to the Academy. He joins Drs. Mary Estes, professor of molecular virology and microbiology and medicine; Bert O'Malley, chair of molecular and cellular biology; Salih Wakil, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology; and Huda Zoghbi, professor of molecular and human genetics, pediatrics, neurology and neuroscience and director of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children's Hospital.

Beaudet received a bachelor's of science from College of the Holy Cross and a medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine. He completed residency training in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital and postdoctoral work at the National Institutes of Health.