Three NYU faculty have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Gerard Ben Arous and Lai-Sang Young, professors at NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and Dafna Bar-Sagi, executive vice president and vice dean for science, chief scientific officer of NYU Langone Health, have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the Washington, D.C.-based organization announced.

Bar-Sagi, Ben Arous, and Young were among the 120 new members and 26 international members who were elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

A complete list of newly elected members is available on the National Academy of Sciences’ web site.

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Dafna Bar-Sagi, Saul J. Farber Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, studies the metabolism of cancers, especially cancers driven by mutations in the RAS protein, which have been linked to 95 percent of pancreatic cancers and nearly one-third of all cancers. She has undergraduate and master’s degrees in neurobiology from Israel’s Bar-Ilan University and a Ph.D. in neurobiology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Gerard Ben Arous, former director of the Courant Institute and a Silver Professor of Mathematics, is interested in randomness and disorder. He works on probability theory and its connections with other domains of mathematics, statistical physics, data science, and industrial applications. Ben Arous graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and received his masters and doctorate degrees from the University of Paris.

Lai-Sang Young, Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science at the Courant Institute, focuses on dynamical systems, a branch of modern mathematics concerned with time evolutions of natural and iterative processes. She received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, as well as masters and doctoral degrees in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Additional information about the academy and its members is available on its website

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