Children’s Hospital AIDS researcher and pathologist-in-chief Robert W. Doms, MD, PhD, was named an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow along with his colleagues from the University of Pennsylvania — Frederic D. Bushman, PhD, Andrew Dancis, MD, J. Kevin Foskett, PhD, and Philip A. Rea, DPhil.

Elected by their peers, AAAS Fellows “are recognized for meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications,” according to the AAAS site.

Dr. Doms, who also serves as chair of the Perelman School of Medicine’s Department of Microbiology, has focused his research on AIDS pathogenesis and how viruses enter cells. Recently, his lab also has studied West Nile Virus and other emerging pathogens. He has won a number of awards for his work, including the Elizabeth Glaser Scientist Award from the Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

The AAAS, based in Washington, D.C., “is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association.” It also publishes the journal Science.

The AAAS honored 388 scientists and researchers named 2013 Fellows at the 2014 AAAS Annual Meeting in February.