Dr. Joseph DeSimone, a professor at UNC-CH and NCSU as well as an inventor and entrepreneur, received one of top honors for scientists Tuesday when he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Xinnian Dong, an investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Arts and Sciences Endowed Professor of Biology, department of biology at Duke University, also was selected.

DeSimone and Dong are among the 84 new members. Twenty-one scientists from 14 other countries were elected as foreign associates. The National Academy of Sciences is made up of scientists and engineers.

In 2005, DeSimone was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

DeSimone is the 12th UNC-Chapel Hill faculty member to be so honored.

DeSimone is the holder of more than 130 patents. He is co-founder of Triangle-based Liquidia Technologies.

Dong has taught at Duke since 1992. She leads the “Dong Lab” Developmental, Cell and Molecular Biology Group, in the Department of Botany.