Medical School standouts named to national academies

Portrait of Marc Jenkins, Ph.D.

Marc Jenkins, Ph.D.

Marc Jenkins, Ph.D., a Regents and Distinguished McKnight Professor in the Medical School’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology, in April was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. He is the first Medical School faculty member to receive this honor in 50 years.

One of the world’s most distinguished immunologists, Jenkins investigates how CD4+ T and B cells respond to antigens. His research has led to more effective vaccines and better treatments for autoimmune diseases as well as greater success in transplantation and cancer immunotherapy. He recently led the development of a COVID-19 antibody test.

Portrait of Peter Ubel, M.D.

Peter Ubel, M.D.

Peter Ubel, M.D., Medical School Class of 1988, was elected to the 2019 National Academy of Medicine for his accomplishments in exploring the mixture of rational and irrational factors involved in health care decision-making. Ubel’s research illuminates how patients and physicians make choices in areas such as informed consent, shared decision-making, and health care cost containment.

After 20 years in clinical practice, Ubel is now a business professor at Duke University.  

Published on May 13, 2020