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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 1, 2007

Wright State Researcher Awarded Distinction as Fellow to the AAAS

I. Michael Leffak, Ph.D.DAYTON, OHIO-Ira Michael Leffak, Ph.D., has been awarded the distinction of Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The awards are presented to individuals because of their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.

Leffak is being honored for his contributions in the area of molecular biology, particularly in the identification and characterization of DNA sequences and proteins involved in human DNA replication. His team's research, recently published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, has isolated a protein that appears more frequently in cancers and interacts significantly with other proteins in cell division.

Leffak is a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Wright State University. He holds a B.S. in biology at City College of New York, a Ph.D. in biochemistry from City University of New York, and completed postdoctoral work at Princeton University in New Jersey. Leffak joined the faculty at Wright State in 1978, where he studies protein and DNA sequences that control DNA replication in eucaryotic cells, and their relationship of replication to human disease.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal, Science. AAAS includes more than 260 affiliated societies and academies of science, and its mission is to advance science and serve society.