Medical College Honors Two Female Faculty Scientists With School’s First Women Pioneers in Research Awards
Two faculty scientists are the first to be honored in the Medical College of Wisconsin’s initiative to raise awareness of outstanding local women researchers. Winners of the Women Pioneers in Research Awards are Elizabeth R Jacobs, M.D., professor of medicine and physiology and chief of the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine, and Michele A. Battle, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the department of cell biology, neurobiology and anatomy at the Medical College.
Dr. Jacobs will receive a $10,000 research award. Dr. Battle will receive the $1,000 Edward J. Lennon, M.D. Award for Outstanding Woman Postdoctoral Researcher. The awards were announced at the College’s new Women in Science lecture series, Sept. 27, at the Women’s Club of Wisconsin. Earnestine Willis, M.D., the college’s nationally-recognized maternal and child health researcher, discussed Health Literacy in the second lecture of the series.
“The awards were created to recognize women who have advanced research in their field and have served as mentors to other women scientists,” says Medical College President and CEO, T. Michael Bolger. Recognized by the Milwaukee Academy of Medicine in 2005 for distinguished service,
Dr. Jacobs also directs the pulmonary & critical care research program. She has served as clinical director of the Medical College Cardiovascular Center. She received her fellowship training in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Arkansas Medical Center, and in electrophysiology at Rush Medical College in Chicago.
As a translational research practitioner, her goal is to bring laboratory discoveries to the bedside, and then back to the lab for validation. Her clinical focus is on critical care, septic syndrome and lung injury. She is the principal investigator for two National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-funded grants, to study the process of vascular damage by high blood pressure in the lungs; and to investigate the role of naturally-occurring lipid modulators in lung vascular and airway tone.
“Dr. Jacobs and collaborators have teamed for more than five years to facilitate adaptation of ideas derived in the basic science labs to the clinical sphere, and back to the lab again,” says Medical College Dean and Executive Vice President Michael J. Dunn, M.D. “Respected by the faculty, she is multi-talented, with excellent clinical skills, outstanding research, impressive leadership and a ready willingness to serve and represent the college.”
She received her M.D. degree and completed an internal medicine residency, at the University of Kansas School of Medicine after receiving her undergraduate degree from Marquette University.
Dr. Battle has been working in the laboratory of Stephen Duncan, D.Phil, the Marcus Professor in Human and Molecular Genetics and professor of cell biology, neurobiology and anatomy, since 2003. She is studying the mechanism of cholesterol absorption by the small intestine and making excellent progress, according to Dr. Duncan. The school’s postdoctoral office selected her for the award on the basis of her outstanding capabilities and productivity.
She is the winner of a National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for 2004-07, has published six research papers and made numerous invited presentations at national scientific sessions. She received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2002, and her B.S. in biology and philosophy, summa cum laude, from the University of Scranton, Pa., in 1996.