President Anthony P. Monaco, the thirteenth president of Tufts University and distinguished geneticist, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Please read below for more information.
MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass. (April 18, 2018)—Anthony P. Monaco, president of Tufts University and a distinguished geneticist, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in recognition of his leadership in education and science.
Founded in 1780, the academy honors exceptional scholars, leaders, artists, and innovators and engages them in sharing knowledge and addressing challenges facing the world. One of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies, the academy is also a leading center for independent policy research. Monaco was one of 213 individuals elected this year.
“I’m honored to join this esteemed group of leaders who have made valuable contributions to our society in such a wide variety of fields,” said Monaco. “It’s a great privilege to be included among the “thinkers and doers” who make up the academy’s membership.”
A noted leader, educator and distinguished geneticist, Monaco has led Tufts University since 2011, championing academic excellence, diversity, access and inclusion, global perspectives, and the power of higher education to impact individuals and society. Prior to Tufts, Monaco directed Oxford University’s Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics from 2007 to 2011 and was then appointed as pro-vice-chancellor for planning and resources.
At Oxford University, he led the Neurogenetics Group, a team of scientists investigating the genetic underpinnings of such neurodevelopmental disorders as autism, specific language impairment, and dyslexia. Monaco’s doctoral research led to the landmark discovery of the gene responsible for X-linked Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies.