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Salk Institute Elects Leaders in Medicine and Corporate Law to Board of Trustees; Names World-Renowned Cell Biologist Non-Resident Fellow

The Board of Trustees of the Salk Institute unanimously voted to elect Benjamin H. Lewis and Faye H. Russell as new members during its November 19 meeting in La Jolla.

The Salk Institute also named world-renowned cell biologist Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz to join its faculty as a Non-Resident Fellow.

Benjamin H. Lewis is an associate clinical professor of medicine at Columbia University and an attending physician at Columbia University Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York. Lewis has devoted his career to the prevention of cardiovascular disease with particular focus on the increased use of lifestyle approaches, medical therapies, and noninvasive, nonradioactive techniques—in particular, ultrasound—for the diagnosis and management of heart disease patients.

The Salk board of trustees also elected lawyer Faye H. Russell. A partner in Latham & Watkins' North San Diego office, she assists emerging growth companies in developing and executing acquisition and licensing strategies. She also advises businesses on public and private equity and debt financings, including initial public offerings and venture financings. Russell is a frequent lecturer on intellectual property issues, investor relations, public and private financings, shareholder relations, and general corporate governance, and has been recognized as one of the top 50 IPO lawyers nationwide.

Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, an investigator at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at NIH in Bethesda, MD, studies the dynamic nature of cells and their organelles. Known for continually pushing the boundaries of the visible world, Lippincott-Schwartz is a leading force in the development of superresolution imaging. Her group introduced photoactivation localization microscopy (PALM), which, for the first time made it possible to track single molecules in living cells. The current head of the Section on Organelle Biology in the Cell Biology and Metabolism Branch at the NICHD, she has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the National Institute of Medicine and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

"I am pleased to welcome Dr. Lippincott-Schwartz, Ms. Russell, and Dr. Lewis to the Salk Institute," said Institute president William R. Brody. "Their deep understanding of the importance of basic research will help us expand our vision and guide us as we undertake new and important priorities."