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Mary Munson elected fellow of the American Society for Cell Biology

Mary Munson, PhD

Mary Munson, PhD, professor of biochemistry and molecular biotechnology and vice president of diversity for the department, is one of 22 scientists colleague by the American Society for Cell Biology for 2022.

Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon members of society by their peers. Fellows are recognized for their lifetime achievements in advancing cell biology, meritorious efforts to advance cell biology and its applications, and for their service to society.

dr. Munson will be one of the new cohort fellows to be formally recognized in Washington, DC, in December at Cell Bio 2022, the joint meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology and the European Molecular Biology Organization.

“I am honored to be recognized in this year’s cohort and to join such a distinguished group of cell biologists,” Munson said.

An expert in the mechanistic basis for the regulation of spatial and temporal membrane trafficking, Munson is interested in understanding how cargo arrives at the right place in the cell at the right time and is either released to or internalized from the extracellular space. The Munson Lab aims to answer questions about membrane smuggling through a multifaceted approach that combines biochemical, structural and biophysical techniques with yeast and mammalian genetics, microscopy and cell biology methods.

Munson joined UMass Chan Medical School in 2001. Before joining the faculty, she was a postdoctoral researcher in the molecular biology department at Princeton University, receiving American Heart Association and National Institutes of Health grants. She was a double major in chemistry and biology from Washington University (St. Louis) and received her PhD from Yale University in molecular biophysics and biochemistry. In 2015, Munson was awarded the inaugural Bassick Family Worcester Foundation Award.

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Since joining UMass Chan, Munson has been deeply involved in teaching and curriculum development for the Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and has been recognized several times by the institution for her outstanding contributions to curriculum development and guiding students. She is the faculty advisor for the UMass Chan student section of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science. She is a leader of the diversity action committee of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biotechnology and leads the new Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Faculty Focused on Inclusive Excellence committee, aimed at engaging and educating faculties to promote diversity, equality and inclusion on campus. promote.

She is co-chair of the Women in Cell Biology Committee of the American Society for Cell Biology and co-investigator of the AMP MOSAIC program. She recently became a trained facilitator for “Entering Mentoring,” a program sponsored by the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research to engage strong and supportive scholarly mentors.

Munson joins Gregory J. Pazour, PhD, professor of molecular medicine; Thoru Pederson, PhD, the Vitold Arnett Professor of Cell Biology and professor of biochemistry & molecular biotechnology; and George B. Witman, PhD, professor emeritus of radiology, a fellow of the American Society for Cell Biology.

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