Forsyth Institute Researcher Floyd Dewhirst Named as American Association for Advancement of Science Fellow

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Congratulations to Floyd Dewhirst for his election as AAAS Fellow !! The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874. This year, Dewhirst joins 395 members who have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

I am honored to be selected by my peers at AAAS, and I am thankful to my colleagues at the Forsyth Institute for their unwavering support. I have been fortunate that my career at Forsyth Institute has coincided with the pioneering work on the identification of the species that make up the oral microbiome. Our team is now applying genetic information on the oral microbiome to further understand how it impacts overall health. I hope to someday complete the genomic library for all species that make up the microbiome

Said AAAS Fellow and Forsyth Institute Researcher Floyd Dewhirst.

At the Forsyth Institute, Dewhirst’s research has helped identify the diverse, genetic capability and pathogenic potential of organisms present in the human oral cavity. Dewhirst has identified the bacteria that can live in oral cavities, both cultivated and previously uncultivated. His efforts have identified approximately 700 species or phylotypes of human oral bacteria that are described in the Human Oral Microbiome Database which is hosted at Forsyth (HOMD -


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