The award recognizes Merrill’s exceptional contributions to the field in her nearly 30 years as a lupus physician and researcher.
The funding will establish the Center for Cellular Metabolism Research in Oklahoma and supports five junior researchers.
OMRF is one of just seven Oklahoma-based employers to make the national list.
Dr. Rod McEver was elected as an AAAS Fellow for his research in cardiovascular biology and hematology.
Three OMRF scientists were recognized for excellence at this year’s American College of Rheumatology meeting.
James received the award for her contributions to understanding systemic autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.