Nieng Yan Elected as National Academy of Sciences Foreign Associate

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Princeton University
May 1, 2019

The National Academy of Sciences announced the election of 100 new members and 25 foreign associates in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Forty percent of the newly elected members are women — the most ever elected in any one year to date.

Among those elected as a foreign associate is Professor Nieng Yan of Molecular Biology.

Yan is a leading expert in using cryo-electron microscopy to obtain detailed images of proteins, the building blocks for our muscles, skin, blood, hormones and more. She earned her Ph.D. at Princeton in 2004, and returned in 2018 as the first Shirley M. Tilghman Professor of Molecular Biology.

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a private, non-profit society of distinguished scholars. Established by an Act of Congress, signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, the NAS is charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology. Scientists are elected by their peers to membership in the NAS for outstanding contributions to research.