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CHR Membership


Chair                                                                            Vice Chair                                                                 
Martin Chalfie
Columbia University
New York, New York

Mary Jane West-Eberhard
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
University of Costa Rica
Ciudad Universitaria, Costa Rica


Chris Beyrer                                                                              Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health                  Baltimore, Maryland 

John Carlson                                                                              Yale University                                                                              New Haven, Connecticut 

Christine Cassel
University of California, San Francisco 
San Francisco, California

Michael T. Clegg
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, California

Giselle Corbie-Smith
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Chapel Hill, North Carolina  

Carlos del Rio
National Academy of Medicine
International Secretary

Vanessa Northington Gamble                                                  The George Washington University                                              Washington, District of Columbia 

John Hildebrand
National Academy of Sciences 
International Secretary

John G. Kassakian
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Michael Katz
Columbia University                                                                    Stanford University 

Anthony Leggett
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, Illinois

Elaine Oran
Texas A&M University 
College Station, Texas

Elsa Reichmanis
Lehigh University 
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 

James M. Tien
National Academy of Engineering
International Secretary


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* International Secretaries of the NAS, NAE and NAM serve as ex officio members of the CHR.