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May 2022 - 
Ann Marshak-Rothstein to receive the 2022 Women in Science and Health Achievements Award

Dr. Ann RothsteinDr. Ann Marshak-Rothstein, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology in the Department of Medicine, has been selected as the winner of this year’s Women in Science and Health Achievements Award by the Women’s Faculty Committee at UMass Chan. This award is presented to a woman faculty member who has made exceptional contributions to the basic or clinical sciences in medicine.

Dr. Marshak-Rothstein has an outstanding record of achievements in the field of autoimmunity. Throughout her career she has combined her exceptional knowledge of autoimmunity with state-of-the-art approaches to unravel the immunologic basis for lupus and other autoinflammatory diseases, including most recently her work on the autoinflammatory diseases associated with STING gain-of-function mutations and DNase II mutations in humans. She is also an outstanding mentor who has dedicated herself to the training and mentorship of the next generation of scientists throughout her career, and has boundless energy and enthusiasm about her science and that of her trainees and colleagues.

“I am really honored to be recognized by this group of amazing colleagues for whom I have so much respect!”, said Dr. Marshak-Rothstein on receiving this award.

Dr. Marshak-Rothstein will be honored at the Women’s Faculty Committee Awards and Luncheon event on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in the ASC Cube.

Congratulations Dr. Marshak-Rothstein!

Other Recent News

March 2022 - New Faculty and Promotions:

  • Fiachra Humphries, Ph.D., has joined the Department of Medicine faculty as an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Innate Immunity and the Program in Innate Immunity. Learn more about Dr. Humphries' work.

  • Zaida Ramirez-Ortiz, Ph.D., has been promoted to a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology and the Program in Innate Immunity. Learn more about Dr. Ramirez-Ortiz's work.

February 2022 - Researchers in the Pukkila-Worley lab discover that the enzymatic activity of TIR underlies immune pathway activation in the intestine of the microscopic nematode C. elegans: Findings accepted for publication in eLife journal. Read full text.

January 2022- Katherine A. Fitzgerald, PhD, has been named the 2022 recipient of the American Association of Immunologists - Thermo Fisher Meritorious Career Award. The award, given by the AAI, recognizes a mid-career scientist for outstanding research contributions to the field of immunology. Excerpt from UMass Chan News. Read full story here.

December 2021 - UMass Chan Medical School global health researcher Ann Moormann, PhD, MPH, has been elected as a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the development of science, her leadership roles, academic mentoring and career development of scientists in Africa. The African Academy of Sciences Fellowship comprises individuals who have reached the highest level of excellence in their field of expertise and have made contributions to the advancement of the field on the African continent. Excerpt from UMass Chan News. Read full story here.

October 2021-  New study, "Human nasal wash RNA-seq reveals distinct cell-specific innate immune responses between influenza and SARS-CoV-2", published in JCI Insight. UMass Chan MD/PhD student Kevin Gao, along with senior author Dr. Jennifer Wang, the late Dr. Robert Finberg, and colleagues, performed a small study comparing single-cell RNA-sequencing findings in freshly-collected nasal wash samples from UMass Memorial Medical Center patients diagnosed with either acute COVID or influenza to understand how upper airway immune and epithelial cell responses differ between these two respiratory viral infections. Read more. 

September 2021- The Program in Innate Immunity welcomes our 2021-2022 T32 Trainees from the Innate Immunity Training Program and Autoimmunity and Autoinflammation Training Grant Learn more about our training programs and meet our trainees!