Women Scientists Elected to the National Academies

Learn more about the research and accomplishments of the women scientists elected to the National Academies.

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Susan Amara, Ph.D.

Susan Amara, Ph.D.

Dr. Amara is the Scientific Director of the Intramural Research Program at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

Susan Amara, Ph.D.

Dr. Amara is the Scientific Director of the Intramural Research Program at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

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Yasmine Belkaid, Ph.D.

Yasmine Belkaid, Ph.D.

Dr. Belkaid, an NIH Distinguished Investigator, is a Senior Investigator and Chief of the Mucosal Immunology Section in the Laboratory of…

Yasmine Belkaid, Ph.D.

Dr. Belkaid, an NIH Distinguished Investigator, is a Senior Investigator and Chief of the Mucosal Immunology Section in the Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

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Karen Faith Berman, M.D.

Karen Faith Berman, M.D.

Dr. Berman is a Senior Investigator and Chief of the Section on Integrative Neuroimaging and the Clinical Brain Disorders Branch at the National…

Karen Faith Berman, M.D.

Dr. Berman is a Senior Investigator and Chief of the Section on Integrative Neuroimaging and the Clinical Brain Disorders Branch at the National Institutes of Health.

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Naomi Lynn Gerber, M.D.

Naomi Lynn Gerber, M.D.

Dr. Gerber formerly led the NIH Clinical Center’s Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and is internationally recognized for her research in…

Naomi Lynn Gerber, M.D.

Dr. Gerber formerly led the NIH Clinical Center’s Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and is internationally recognized for her research in rehab medicine and chronic illness.
 

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Susan Gottesman, Ph.D.

Susan Gottesman, Ph.D.

Dr. Gottesman is an NIH Distinguished Investigator and co-chief of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the National Cancer Institute.
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Susan Gottesman, Ph.D.

Dr. Gottesman is an NIH Distinguished Investigator and co-chief of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the National Cancer Institute.
 

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Jennifer A. Lippincott-Schwartz, Ph.D.

Jennifer A. Lippincott-Schwartz, Ph.D.

Dr. Lippincott-Schwartz, chief of the section on organelle biology in NICHD’s Cell Biology and Metabolism Program, uses live-cell imaging…

Jennifer A. Lippincott-Schwartz, Ph.D.

Dr. Lippincott-Schwartz, chief of the section on organelle biology in NICHD’s Cell Biology and Metabolism Program, uses live-cell imaging techniques to study molecular interactions in cells.

 

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Elizabeth F. Neufeld

Elizabeth F. Neufeld

Dr. Neufeld became chief of NIDDK’s Genetics and Biochemistry Branch in 1979 and served as deputy director of intramural research, 1981-1983.

Elizabeth F. Neufeld

Dr. Neufeld became chief of NIDDK’s Genetics and Biochemistry Branch in 1979 and served as deputy director of intramural research, 1981-1983.

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Matilda White Riley, Sc.D.

Matilda White Riley, Sc.D.

Dr. Riley is credited with founding the Behavioral and Social Research Program at the National Institute on Aging.
 

Matilda White Riley, Sc.D.

Dr. Riley is credited with founding the Behavioral and Social Research Program at the National Institute on Aging.
 

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Maxine Singer, Ph.D.

Maxine Singer, Ph.D.

Dr. Maxine Singer, a molecular biologist and former Chief of NCI’s Laboratory of Biochemistry, is also known for her contributions in solving the…

Maxine Singer, Ph.D.

Dr. Maxine Singer, a molecular biologist and former Chief of NCI’s Laboratory of Biochemistry, is also known for her contributions in solving the genetic code.

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Thressa C. Stadtman, Ph.D.

Thressa C. Stadtman, Ph.D.

Dr. Stadtman was a biochemist at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute known for making numerous advances in her field.

Thressa C. Stadtman, Ph.D.

Dr. Stadtman was a biochemist at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute known for making numerous advances in her field.

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Gisela T. Storz, Ph.D.

Gisela Therese Storz, Ph.D.

Dr. Storz is the Associate Scientific Director of the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biology of NICHD.

Gisela Therese Storz, Ph.D.

Dr. Storz is the Associate Scientific Director of the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biology of NICHD.

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Leslie G. Ungerleider, Ph.D.

Leslie G. Ungerleider, Ph.D.

Dr. Ungerleider is an experimental psychologist and neuroscientist, currently Chief of the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition and Chief of the…

Leslie G. Ungerleider, Ph.D.

Dr. Ungerleider is an experimental psychologist and neuroscientist, currently Chief of the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition and Chief of the Section of Neurocircuitry at the National Institute of Mental Health.

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Martha Vaughan, M.D.

Martha Vaughan, M.D.

Dr. Vaughan is an NIH Scientist Emeritus in the Laboratory of Metabolic Regulation at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Martha Vaughan, M.D.

Dr. Vaughan is an NIH Scientist Emeritus in the Laboratory of Metabolic Regulation at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

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Sue Wickner, Ph.D.

Sue Wickner, Ph.D.

Dr. Wickner is a Senior Investigator at NCI’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology, head of the DNA Molecular Biology Section, and is an NIH…

Sue Wickner, Ph.D.

Dr. Wickner is a Senior Investigator at NCI’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology, head of the DNA Molecular Biology Section, and is an NIH Distinguished Investigator.

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Wei Yang, Ph.D.

Wei Yang, Ph.D.

Dr. Yang is an NIH Distinguished Investigator at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, studying DNA recombination…

Wei Yang, Ph.D.

Dr. Yang is an NIH Distinguished Investigator at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, studying DNA recombination, repair and replication.

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Diana Bianchi, M.D.

Diana Bianchi, M.D.

Dr. Bianchi is the Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and head of the Prenatal…

Diana Bianchi, M.D.

Dr. Bianchi is the Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and head of the Prenatal Genomics and Therapy Section for the Medical Genetics Branch at NHGRI.

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Linda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D.

Linda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D.

Dr. Birnbaum, first female director of National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and director of the National Toxicology Program…

Linda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D.

Dr. Birnbaum, first female director of National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and director of the National Toxicology Program (NTP), is a toxicologist and microbiologist.

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Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, Ph.D.

Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, Ph.D.

Dr. Brennan is the Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and is a past president of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, Ph.D.

Dr. Brennan is the Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and is a past president of the American Medical Informatics Association.

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Maria C. Freire, Ph.D.

Maria C. Freire, Ph.D.

Dr. Freire led the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development from 2001 to 2008 and directed the NIH Office of Technology Transfer from 1995 to 2001…

Maria C. Freire, Ph.D.

Dr. Freire led the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development from 2001 to 2008 and directed the NIH Office of Technology Transfer from 1995 to 2001.
 

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Patricia Grady, Ph.D.

Patricia Grady, Ph.D.

Dr. Grady was the Director of the National Institute on Nursing Research and is internationally recognized for her research on stroke.

Patricia Grady, Ph.D.

Dr. Grady was the Director of the National Institute on Nursing Research and is internationally recognized for her research on stroke.

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Florence P. Haseltine, M.D.

Florence P. Haseltine, M.D.

Dr. Haseltine is the emerita director at the Center for Population Research at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child…

Florence P. Haseltine, M.D.

Dr. Haseltine is the emerita director at the Center for Population Research at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

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Betsy L. Humphreys, M.L.S.

Betsy L. Humphreys, M.L.S.

Ms. Humphreys served as the Deputy Director of the National Library of Medicine and previously directed the Unified Medical Language System…

Betsy L. Humphreys, M.L.S.

Ms. Humphreys served as the Deputy Director of the National Library of Medicine and previously directed the Unified Medical Language System Project.

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Elaine S. Jaffe, M.D.

Elaine S. Jaffe, M.D.

Dr. Jaffe is a Senior Investigator and head of the Hematopathology Section at NCI’s Laboratory of Pathology and has conducted pioneering studies…

Elaine S. Jaffe, M.D.

Dr. Jaffe is a Senior Investigator and head of the Hematopathology Section at NCI’s Laboratory of Pathology and has conducted pioneering studies related to the classification of malignant lymphomas.

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Ruth Kirschstein, M.D.

Ruth Kirschstein, Ph.D.

Dr. Kirschstein was the first female NIH institute director, heading NIGMS from 1974 to 1993, and twice served as acting NIH director.

Ruth Kirschstein, Ph.D.

Dr. Kirschstein was the first female NIH institute director, heading NIGMS from 1974 to 1993, and twice served as acting NIH director.

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Story Landis, Ph.D.

Story Landis, Ph.D.

Dr. Landis led the NINDS as Director from 2003 to 2014 and was key in fostering a trans-NIH neuroscience research community.

Story Landis, Ph.D.

Dr. Landis led the NINDS as Director from 2003 to 2014 and was key in fostering a trans-NIH neuroscience research community.

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Jennifer A. Lippincott-Schwartz, Ph.D.

Jennifer A. Lippincott-Schwartz, Ph.D.

Dr. Lippincott-Schwartz, chief of the section on organelle biology in NICHD’s Cell Biology and Metabolism Program, uses live-cell imaging…

Jennifer A. Lippincott-Schwartz, Ph.D.

Dr. Lippincott-Schwartz, chief of the section on organelle biology in NICHD’s Cell Biology and Metabolism Program, uses live-cell imaging techniques to study molecular interactions in cells.

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Alexa T. McCray, Ph.D.

Alexa T. McCray, Ph.D.

Dr. McCray is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard and formerly directed the Lister Hall National Center for Biomedical Communications at NIH.

Alexa T. McCray, Ph.D.

Dr. McCray is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard and formerly directed the Lister Hall National Center for Biomedical Communications at NIH.

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Vivian Pinn, M.D.

Vivian Pinn, M.D.

Dr. Pinn, the first African-American woman to chair an academic pathology department in the U.S., served as first full-time director of the NIH…

Vivian Pinn, M.D.

Dr. Pinn, the first African-American woman to chair an academic pathology department in the U.S., served as first full-time director of the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health.

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Judith Rapoport, M.D.

Judith Rapoport, M.D.

Dr. Rapoport is Chief of the Child Psychiatry Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health.

Judith Rapoport, M.D.

Dr. Rapoport is Chief of the Child Psychiatry Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health.

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Barbara K. Rimer, Dr.P.H.

Barbara K. Rimer, Dr.P.H.

Dr. Rimer is the first woman to chair the NCI’s National Cancer Advisory Board and was appointed by President Obama to chair the President’s…

Barbara K. Rimer, Dr.P.H.

Dr. Rimer is the first woman to chair the NCI’s National Cancer Advisory Board and was appointed by President Obama to chair the President’s Cancer Panel in 2011.

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Leslie G. Ungerleider, Ph.D.

Leslie G. Ungerleider, Ph.D.

Dr. Ungerleider is an experimental psychologist and neuroscientist, currently Chief of the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition and Chief of the…

Leslie G. Ungerleider, Ph.D.

Dr. Ungerleider is an experimental psychologist and neuroscientist, currently Chief of the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition and Chief of the Section of Neurocircuitry at the National Institute of Mental Health.

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Nora Volkow, M.D.

Nora Volkow, M.D.

Dr. Volkow, the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, pioneered imaging techniques that show the effects of drugs on the brain,…

Nora Volkow, M.D.

Dr. Volkow, the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, pioneered imaging techniques that show the effects of drugs on the brain, illustrating that addiction is a disease.

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Kathryn Zoon, Ph.D.

Kathryn Zoon, Ph.D.

Dr. Zoon is a scientist emeritus in the Cytokine Biology Section at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious…

Kathryn Zoon, Ph.D.

Dr. Zoon is a scientist emeritus in the Cytokine Biology Section at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

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