2011 Distinguished Women in Medicine and Science Lecture
|Kathleen Green, PhD, Joseph L. Mayberry, Sr., Professor of Pathology and Toxicology at Feinberg, presented the 15th annual Distinguished Women in Medicine and Science Lecture.|
The Women Faculty Organization (WFO) at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine recently hosted its 15th annual Distinguished Women in Medicine and Science Lecture . This year’s event honored Kathleen Green, PhD, Joseph L. Mayberry, Sr., Professor of Pathology and Toxicology in the Departments of Pathology and Dermatology.
Green’s talk, “The Importance of Sticking Together,” traced her journey from PhD student to professor and focused on her research, which explores cell adhesion.
“Sticking together as a community has been essential in my career development and in my studies of biology,” said Green. “I would like to dedicate this presentation to members of my lab past and present, and to Northwestern, my academic home for the past 25 years.”
Green came to the medical school to do postdoctoral research in cell biology and joined the faculty in 1987. She is currently president of the Society for Investigative Dermatology and associate editor for its journal, as well as editor for The Journal of Cell Science.
WFO co-chair Aruna Ganju, MD, associate professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery, thanked Green for spending the day counseling students and junior colleagues and for sharing career advice.
“Each year, we celebrate an honoree that is a successful woman scientist — a role model, a leader, and a mentor; Dr. Green is all of these things and more,” said Ganju.
Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Biological Chemistry faculty members Paula Stern, PhD, professor and vice chair, and Liming Li, PhD, assistant professor, jointly nominated Green for this honor. Stern echoed Ganju’s sentiments, touting Green’s excellence in mentoring.
“Career development of young investigators has always been a priority for Dr. Green,” Stern said. “She has trained 16 PhD students, mentored 20 postdoctoral fellows, and counseled countless junior faculty who have all gone on to develop successful careers.”
The Distinguished Women in Medicine and Science event is a medical school tradition. It was started in 1997 in memory of Carolyn Brent, MD, founder of the WFO. Past honorees have included Wendy Levinson, MD, of the University of Toronto, and Teresa Woodruff, PhD, Thomas J. Watkins Memorial Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Feinberg and director of the Institute for Women’s Health Research.