11 La Jolla scientists named among the world’s best female researchers

Eleven La Jolla researchers have been named among the world’s top 1,000 female scientists by Research.coma research portal widely used by scientists.

This is an inaugural list from the England-based company, which says it based its choices on academics’ productivity, the impact of their work, specific contributions to their fields, and their awards and achievements.

Eight of the local researchers are current or senior faculty members at UC San Diego, one of the top 10 research schools in the nation. Two others are associated with the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and one works at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology.

Most scientists are not widely known to the public. But listed UCSD epidemiologist Steffanie Strathdee garnered a lot of attention in 2019 for “The Perfect Predator,” the nonfiction book she co-wrote with her husband, Tom Patterson.

The book tells the story of how Strathdee and her colleagues used an experimental mixture of viruses to prevent her husband from dying from a superbug infection he developed in Egypt.

The other seven UCSD Scholars are:

• Sonia Ancoli-Israel, professor emeritus of psychiatry known for her ideas on how sleep disorders can affect aging and how to treat these disorders in people with dementia

• Susan Taylor, a structural biologist whose study of cells has proven useful in the development of therapeutic drugs

• Marta Kutas, professor emeritus of cognitive science who has explored how the human brain works, with a focus on language comprehension and memory

• Susan Tapert, professor of psychiatry who studies brain development in children and adolescents

• Andrea LaCroix, epidemiologist who studies healthy aging and cognition in older women and men

• Terry Jernigan, a cognitive scientist who studies how adolescent minds and brains develop and how these changes influence things like mood, decision-making and risk-taking

• Irene Litvan, neurologist who studies movement disorders and ways to find therapies to treat them

The list also includes Salk Institute scholars Joanne Chory, a cell biologist who studies ways to improve the ability of plants to capture and store carbon, and emeritus researcher Catherine Rivier, who has studied how the brain perceives and reacts to things such as infections and psychological threats. .

Representing the La Jolla Institute of Immunology on the list is Anjana Rao, a cell biologist who uses immune cells and stem cells to study gene expression.

The Research.com The list was compiled by Imed Bouchrika, a data scientist who said in an online statement that “the purpose of this ranking is to inspire female academics, women considering a career in academia, as well as policy makers around the world. whole with the example of successful women in the scientific community. We hope that this will contribute to providing more opportunities, visibility and equal opportunities for women in the scientific field. ◆

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