Mary Munson elected Fellow of the American Society for Cell Biology

Mary Munson, PhD

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

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

Dr. Munson will be among the new cohort of 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,” said Munson.

An expert in the mechanistic basis of spatial and temporal membrane trafficking regulation, Munson is interested in understanding how cargo arrives at the right place at the right time throughout the cell and is either released or internalized from extracellular space. The Munson Lab aims to answer questions about membrane trafficking 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. Prior to joining the faculty, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University, where she received fellowships from the American Heart Association and National Institutes of Health. She double majored in Chemistry and Biology at Washington University (St. Louis) and earned her Ph.D. at Yale University in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. In 2015, Munson received the inaugural Bassick Family Worcester Foundation Award.

Since joining UMass Chan, Munson has been closely involved in teaching and developing programs at the Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and has been repeatedly recognized by the institution for her outstanding contributions to program development. and student mentoring. She is an academic advisor for the UMass Chan Student Chapter of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science. She leads the Diversity Action Committee in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biotechnology and leads the Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences’ new Inclusive Excellence Committee, which focuses on faculty engagement and training to promote diversity, equity and inclusion on campus.

She is co-chair of the Women in Cell Biology committee of the American Society for Cell Biology and co-investigator of its AMP MOSAIC program. She recently became a trained facilitator for “Entering Mentoring”, a program sponsored by the Center for Enhancing Research Mentoring Experiences to enable strong and supportive scientific 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 and molecular biotechnology; and George B. Witman, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Radiology, by being made Fellows of the American Society for Cell Biology.

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