School of Medicine

School of Medicine faculty members named Chancellor’s Professors

UC Irvine School of Medicine faculty members Emiliana Borrelli, PhD, and Rozanne M. Sandri-Goldin, PhD, have been named Chancellor’s Professors, among UC Irvine’s highest distinctions for faculty.

Borrelli is a professor of microbiology & molecular genetics and a professor of pharmacology. Sandri-Goldin is professor and chair of the Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics.

The Chancellor’s Professor title is a distinction for professors who have demonstrated unusual academic merit and whose continued promise for scholarly achievement is unusually high. Thus, Chancellor’s Professors are faculty who have achieved acclaim for their accomplishments and who are highly likely to continue producing notable achievement in scholarship.

Borrelli received her PhD in neurobiology and neurosciences from the University of Naples and is a member of numerous academic societies including, American Society for Neuroscience, French Society for Neuroscience, European Molecular Biology Organization, European Cell Biology Organization and the Club Des Ganglions de la Base.

Her research is focused on understanding the effect of dopamine, a central neuromodulator of the central nervous system, on human neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders. Shortly after joining UC Irvine in 2006, Borrelli established a joint research consortium with Inserm, the French equivalent of the National Institutes of Health.

In October, she was recognized as a Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour, France’s highest military and civilian award, and in November received the prestigious Golgi Medal Award in Neuroscience.

Sandri-Goldin received her PhD from Johns Hopkins University and is a member of numerous academic societies including, American Society for Microbiology, American Society for Virology, RNA Society, American Society for Cell Biology and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She is a past president of the American Society for Virology

An NIH-funded researcher, Sandri-Goldin is an internationally renowned virologist who studies herpes viruses. Her research has illustrated how multifunctional viral proteins commandeer host cell pathways to benefit viral replication.


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