The National Academy of Sciences has announced the election of Mark Nelson, Ph.D., University Distinguished Professor and Chair of Pharmacology at the University of Vermont, as a member, in recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Nelson joins 100 new members and 25 foreign associates elected April 30, 2019 to the National Academy of Sciences. 

Nelson is the first and only UVM faculty member to be elected as a member in the National Academy of Sciences. Specifically, his membership is in Section 23: Physiology and Pharmacology. George Pinder, Ph.D., University Distinguished Professor and Professor of Engineering, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

A member of the UVM faculty since 1986, Nelson is internationally recognized for his research on the molecular mechanisms and cellular communication involved in blood flow. He is a Fellow of both the American Heart Association and the Biophysical Society, and received an Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and an NIH MERIT award. 

Nelson’s extensive research contributions have been recognized with more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and more than 360 invited lectureships since 2000, including the Paul M. Vanhoutte Lectureship in Vascular Pharmacology by the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. In addition, he is the recipient of the Annual Reviews Award for Scientific Reviewing from the American Physiological Society and University Scholar honors from UVM.

“Election to the National Academy of Sciences is among the greatest honors that a biomedical researcher can receive,” said UVM Larner College of Medicine Dean Richard L. Page, M.D. “Dr. Nelson richly deserves this recognition, based on a body of work that has provided major discoveries in the field of blood flow regulation to the brain. The Larner College of Medicine and the entire UVM community are proud to celebrate his outstanding accomplishment.”

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. View the list of members elected on April 30, 2019.


Jennifer Nachbur