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Biochemistry alumna Susan Wente honored, publishes career review in MBoC

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Susan Wente, a 1984 BS with Alice Fulton, and currently the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences, and Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology at Vanderbilt University, was recently awarded the 2011 Women in Cell Biology Senior Award. On the occasion of her receiving this award, Wente published an article in Molecular Biology of the Cell entitled “Spatial and temporal impacts on a career in science,” which reviews her career and thanks her many mentors.

Dr. Wente began by recalling Dr. Gene Lata, who launched the undergraduate Biochemistry major and served as Susan’s undergraduate advisor. Dr. Lata guided Susan to Dr. Jeffrey Field’s laboratory (Internal Medicine) and later to an honors thesis with Dr. Fulton. Dr. Wente credits Peter Rubenstein with an introduction that led to her appointment at Washington University in St. Louis. During her time in St. Louis, Susan recalls meeting John York, a 1986 BS with Arthur Arnone, and the “spatial and temporal connections” they shared through Iowa Biochemistry.

Susan’s article can be accessed online.

Two Iowa grads named Fellows of the AAAS

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

This year’s class of Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science includes two Hawkeyes, Professors John York of Duke University and Susan Wente of Vanderbilt University.  York and Wente were both undergraduate biochemistry majors at Iowa, who have had illustrious careers.  John York did his PhD with Phil Majerus at  Washington University, where he established a major presence in inositol phosphate signaling.  He is now a Professor of Pharmacology & Cancer Biology and of Biochemistry and a Howard Hughes Investigator at Duke University.  Susan Wente did her PhD at Berkeley and her post-doctoral work at Rockefeller before joining the faculty at Washington University, where she rose through the ranks.  She then moved to Vanderbilt to chair Cell Biology.  In addition to running her research group on nucleocytoplasmic trafficking, she is now Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences at the Vanderbilt School of Medicine.  Congratulations to these phenomenal Iowa Biochem majors!