Dr. Lydia Kavraki, professor in the graduate program in structural and computational biology and molecular biophysics at Baylor College of Medicine, has been elected as a member of the Institutes of Medicine of the National Academies. 

Kavraki’s primary appointment is at Rice University where she is the Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science and professor of bioengineering.

High honor

Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. New members are selected based on nominations by peers for their professional qualifications, accomplishments and involvement in the fields related to health and medicine, their reputations as scholars and the relevance of their current expertise to the work of the IOM.

The new members of the IOM were announced recently at the 24th Annual Meeting of the Institute at Washington, DC.

Collaborative effort

“It’s a huge honor for my lab, not only me. I didn’t do this work by myself; it is by a number of collaborators, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students,” said Kavraki.

The IOM is one of four organizations that make up the National Academies, along with the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council.