Portnoy elected to National Academy of Inventors

December 12, 2017

Daniel Portnoy, molecular cell biology and public health professor, is one of three UC Berkeley faculty members to be elected a 2017 National Academy of Inventors (NAI) fellow. Image of Daniel Portnoy

The NAI—an organization which champions the societal benefits of university research—on Tuesday announced a total of 155 new fellows who together account for nearly 6,000 U.S. patents.

Portnoy, the Edward Penhoet Distinguished Chair in Global Public Health and Infectious Diseases, is a leading expert on the food-borne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes, which serves as a model for other more dangerous bacterial diseases. His pioneering research on microbial pathogenesis has led to cancer immunotherapies, vaccine discovery and vaccine development platforms. He holds 19 U.S. and eight international patents, and has over 25 patent applications pending. Many of his patents have been licensed to biotechnology companies, where his inventions are being translated into cancer immunotherapeutics and novel vaccine discovery.

Tsu-Jae King Liu and Eli Yablonovitch of electrical engineering and computer sciences and join Portnoy as NAI fellows.

Read about UC Berkeley’s other NAI fellows.