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Susan L. Lindquist

AKA Susan Lee Lindquist

Born: 5-Jun-1949
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Died: 27-Oct-2016
Location of death: Boston, MA
Cause of death: Cancer - unspecified

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Biologist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Protein folding

Molecular biologist Susan L. Lindquist was among the first scientists to propose that proteins could be a non-genetic carrier of inheritance. She has conducted groundbreaking research in protein conformation, showing that most biological processes include alterations in protein conformation, and that numerous heart conditions are related to structural irregularities and the "folding" of proteins her work has been described as "unveiling the origami of life." Lindquist's research has advanced the scientific understanding of evolution, gene regulation, and stress tolerance, and has had applications in the study of Alzheimer's disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, and bovine spongiform encephalitis, commonly called Mad Cow disease.

Father: Iver Lindquist
Mother: Eleanor Maggio
Husband: Edward Buckbee (non-profit executive, until her death, two daughters)
Daughter: Eleanora (b. circa 1987)
Daughter: Alana (b. circa 1989)

    High School: Maine South High School, Park Ridge, IL
    University: BS Microbiology, University of Illinois (1971)
    University: PhD Biology, Harvard University (1976)
    Professor: Dept. of Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology, University of Chicago (1978-2001)
    Professor: Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2001-)
    Administrator: Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, MIT (2001-04)

    FoldRx Pharmaceuticals Co-Founder (2003-)
    Member of the Board of Johnson & Johnson (2004-16)
    Dickson Prize 2003
    National Medal of Science 2009
    Novartis-Drew Award in Biomedical Research 2000
    National Medal of Science (2010)
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute (2006-)
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences 1996
    American Academy of Microbiology Fellow (1997)
    American Philosophical Society 2003
    American Society for Cell Biology
    Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories Trustee
    Genetics Society of America Secretary (past)
    Institute of Medicine 2006
    Chicago Museum of Science and Industry Consultant
    National Academy of Sciences 1997
    Italian Ancestry Maternal
    Swedish Ancestry Paternal


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