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Kathleen Green Receives 2011 Walder Award for Research Excellence

January 2012

Kathleen Green, PhD, the Joseph L. Mayberry Professor of Pathology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, has been named the tenth recipient of the Martin E. and Gertrude G. Walder Award for Research Excellence. The $15,000 award, established by Dr. Joseph A. Walder and given annually by the Provost, recognizes excellence in research in any of Northwestern's schools or disciplines.

A Professor in the Departments of Dermatology and Pathology, Green is the Pathology Department's Associate Chair for Research and Graduate Education and a leader in the field of epithelial cell biology. She is Co-Director of the Lurie Cancer Center's Tumor Invasion, Metastasis and Angiogenesis Program, and also directs the National Cancer Institute-funded Carcinogenesis Training Program, which annually provides interdisciplinary research training for eight pre-doctoral students in cancer biology.

A principal focus of Green's research is adhesion biology, the science of how cells stick to each other and the role this plays in crucial biological processes, such as embryogenesis, adult cell differentiation, and wound healing. In addition to focusing on adhesion biology, Green's lab also studies how adhesion molecules regulate signaling pathways. By collaborating with Growth Factor Receptors, adhesion receptors can affect crucial biological processes like cell proliferation, motility, and cell survival.

The first female PhD President of the Society for Investigative Dermatology, Green was recently elected Secretary of the American Society for Cell Biology. The Walder Award is named for Martin E. Walder, who earned his doctorate and medical degree at Northwestern.

(Last updated on June 25, 2013 )