Drennan was elected in recognition of her distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
Catherine Drennan, Professor of Biology and Chemistry, is one of 120 members and 23 international members elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research this year. The elections for 2023 bring the total number of active members to 2,565 and the total number of international members to 526.
The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit institution that was established under a congressional charter signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. It recognizes achievement in science by election to membership, and—with the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Medicine—provides science, engineering, and health policy advice to the federal government and other organizations.
By combining X-ray crystallography, cryo-electron microscopy and other biophysical methods, the goal of the Drennan lab is to “visualize” molecular processes by obtaining snapshots of enzymes in action.