On June 7th, Ambassador Andrew Schapiro congratulated Professor Jan Svoboda of the Institute of Molecular Genetics on his election as a Foreign Associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.
“Election of a Foreign Associate to our National Academy of Sciences is a very rare and high honor,“ said Ambassador Schapiro and added: „I’m really proud to see you as part of our National Academy of Sciences and I’m so happy about all the cooperation in these important areas between our two countries.”
Jan Svoboda is a world-renowned expert in retrovirology. His recent election as a Foreign Associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences is one of the highest honors a scientist can receive. Jan Svoboda is the first Czech elected as a Foreign Associate (only U.S. citizens may be full members) since Jan Bures (now deceased) in 1995; they are the only two Czechs ever to receive this honor.