The WICB Mid-Career Award recipient is for 2019 Coleen Murphy, professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, Princeton University. Her research group studies aging and the quantitation of “quality of life with age,” including the decline of cognitive and reproductive capacities with age. They develop behavioral, genomic, genetic, biochemical, robotic, and computational approaches, using Caenorhabditis elegans as a model system.
According to her nomination letter, teaching is central to the core mission at Princeton, and “Coleen has gone above and beyond in teaching and mentoring the next generation of scientists. Besides teaching many courses in molecular biology and quantitative and computational biology to undergraduate and graduate students, she has developed a new course, the Cell Biology and Genomics of Aging. She is also the faculty director for the Summer Undergraduate Research Program, which gives students from underrepresented groups an opportunity to carry out summer research. She has also served as Director of Undergraduate Studies and serves the greater scientific community through a variety of other activities.
The WICB Mid-Career Award recognizes exceptional scientific and leadership contributions to cell biology in the critical career period between the junior and senior stages.
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Thea Clarke is the Director of Communications and Education at the American Society for Cell Biology.