Holden Thorp, the Rita Levi-Montalcini Distinguished University Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, has been named editor-in-chief of the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) family of journals.
AAAS publications, which include the journal Science, are widely recognized as being among the world’s most prestigious publications dedicated to research and science.
He will assume his new role Oct. 28, but will remain on faculty as the Rita Levi-Montalcini Distinguished University Professor. He will be on leave while serving as editor-in-chief. Thorp, who holds faculty appointments in both chemistry and medicine, served as Washington University’s provost from 2013 until concluding his term last month.
An inventor and entrepreneur, he developed technology for electronic DNA chips, and is the co-founder of Viamet Pharmaceuticals, which developed oteseconazole, now in Phase 3 clinical trials for fungal disease. Thorp has been instrumental in furthering the university’s prominence as an institution that drives innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly in the St. Louis region.