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Carl Carrano Named 2012 AAAS Fellow

The chemistry professor is the sixth SDSU faculty member to receive the honor.
Carrano in his chemistry lab where his research focuses on the biology of iron.
Carrano in his chemistry lab where his research focuses on the biology of iron.

Carl J. Carrano, San Diego State University professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has been elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

Carrano, who is also chair of the chemistry department, is being honored for “distinguished contributions in the fields of inorganic and bioinorganic chemistry, particularly for structure, function, reactivity and biology of microbial siderophores.” Carrano has published extensively in the field of bioinorganic chemistry and is the author of more than 160 research publications. He is being honored for research that revolves around his body of work in the biology of iron.

Biology of iron

“Iron is a critical micronutrient for most species including those associated with the marine environment,” Carrano said.

“Indeed iron has been found to be the growth limiting nutrient with respect to the growth of phytoplankton in large areas of the world’s oceans. How the element is acquired, stored and processed is of critical importance to such diverse areas as oceanic primary productivity, alternate energy sources and global carbon sequestration.”

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Research funded by NSF

Work in Carrano’s laboratory, which seeks to determine the mechanisms of iron uptake and storage in both micro and macro marine algae and in marine heterotrophic bacteria, is funded through an on-going NSF International Chemistry Collaboration grant as well as a California SeaGrant.  

Carrano will be presented with an official certificate and gold rosette pin Feb. 18 at the Fellows Forum during the 2012 AAAS Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. 

About AAAS

The AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. The organization was founded in 1848.

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