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FASEB 2017 Excellence in Science Award recipient announced

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is pleased to announce that Diane Mathis, PhD, has been chosen to receive the FASEB 2017 Excellence in Science Award. The award recognizes women whose outstanding career achievements in biological science have contributed significantly to further our understanding of a particular discipline by excellence in research. This prestigious award carries with it an unrestricted research grant of $10K.

Dr. Mathis is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology at Harvard Medical School, where she holds the Morton Grove-Rasmussen Chair of Immunohematology. She is also an Associate Member of the Broad Institute of MIT/Harvard. Her outstanding research contributions, service to the professional community and mentoring of students at all levels made her the final choice of our committee.

Dr. Mathis's scientific research is internationally recognized for its contributions to understanding the molecular mechanisms of immunological tolerance, pathogenic processes in autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, and mechanisms of immune regulation.

Dr. Mathis is internationally recognized for her numerous contributions to the field of immunology in many ways. She has served on the editorial boards of 21 prestigious journals, currently including J. Experimental Medicine, Immunity, Modern Rheumatology, Molecular Medicine, Nature Communications, Cell Metabolism and eLife. She has given dozens of guest lectures and keynote presentations at prestigious national and international venues, including the NIH Director's Lecture Series, Rockefeller University's Harvey Lecture, Yale's Janeway Lecture, and the Leonardo da Vinci Lecture at DIBIT, Milano.

Dr. Mathis has been engaged in a high level of service contributions, particularly in the international arena. She has served on the Scientific Advisory/Review Boards of the Pasteur Institute (France), Max Planck Institute for Immunology (Germany), Riken Institute for Allergy and Immunology (Japan), Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (Australia), the Jackson Laboratory and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, among many others.

Dr. Mathis' teaching and mentoring accomplishments are equally impressive. She is an active lecturer in Harvard Medical School's Immunology Program. In her own laboratory, she has trained a large number of postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduate students.


FASEB is composed of 30 societies with 125,000 members, making it the largest coalition of biomedical research associations in the United States. Our mission is to advance health and welfare by promoting progress and education in biological and biomedical sciences through service to our member societies and collaborative advocacy.

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