Mary Monson, PhD, professor of biochemistry and molecular biotechnology and vice chair of diversity for the department, is one of 22 scientists named Colleague by the American Society for Cell Biology 2022.
Elected as an honorary fellow granted by their peers to members of the community. Fellows are known for their lifelong achievements in advancing cell biology, meritorious efforts to advance cell biology and its applications, and for service to society.
Dr. Monson will be among the new group of fellows to be officially recognized in Washington, D.C., in December at Cell Bio 2022, the joint meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology and the European Organization for Molecular Biology.
“I am honored to be recognized in this year’s group and to join such an outstanding group of cell biologists,” Munson said.
An expert in the mechanistic basis of spatio-temporal regulation of membrane trafficking, Monson is interested in understanding how cargo arrives at the correct location at the right time throughout the cell and is either released or internalized from the extracellular space. Monson’s lab aims to answer questions about membrane trafficking through a multifaceted approach that combines biochemical, structural and biophysical techniques with yeast and mammal genetics, microscopy, and cellular biological methods.
Monson joined UMass Chan School of Medicine in 2001. Prior to joining the faculty, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University, receiving fellowships from the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health. She was a double major in chemistry and biology at Washington University (St. Louis) and earned her PhD from Yale University in molecular biophysics and biochemistry. In 2015, Munson received the inaugural Bassick Family Worcester Foundation Award.
Since joining UMass Chan, Monson has been closely involved in the teaching and curriculum development for the Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Science and has been recognized by the institution several times for her outstanding contributions to curriculum development and student orientation. She is the faculty advisor for the UMass Chan Student Chapter of the Association for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanic and Native American Students in Science. She is the leader of the Diversity Action Committee in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biotechnology and leads the new Morningside Graduate School of the College of Biomedical Sciences on the Overarching Excellence Committee, which focuses on engaging and educating faculty to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus.
She is the co-chair of the Women’s Committee in Cell Biology of the American Society for Cell Biology and is an associate investigator for the AMP MOSAIC program. I recently became a trained facilitator for Mentoring Entry, a program sponsored by the Center for the Improvement of Guided Experiments in Research to empower strong and supportive science mentors.
Monson joins Gregory J. Bazor, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Medicine; Thoreau Pederson, Ph.D., and Wittold Arnett, Professor of Cell Biology Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biotechnology. and George B. Whitman, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Radiology, Fellowship at the American Society for Cell Biology.
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