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History of Public Health at Harvard

Manuscripts and archival collections for researching the history of public health, including resources related to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Faculty Collections

The following collections represent female faculty at the Harvard Chan School. Unless otherwise stated, all collections below are unprocessed and available in print, only. To arrange for access, submit a request to the reference team at the Center for the History of Medicine.

This list will be periodically updated as additional collections are obtained by the Center for the History of Medicine. If you have questions, please contact the Harvard Chan Archivist.

This list was last edited on June 13, 2023

Baumgartner, Leona (1902-1991); Papers, 1830-1979 (inclusive) 1930-1970 (bulk); H MS c305, 89 cubic feet, Processed

Papers chronicle the course of her career as a state public health administrator and consultant, physician, lecturer, professor, and contributing member of professional health care boards and foundations from 1930 to 1970. The collection consists of research materials, notes, lecture and speech drafts, correspondence, research data, reports, journals, news articles and clippings, conference materials, administrative records, minutes, appointment books, laboratory notes, photographs, and scrapbooks. The collection also contains records generated from Baumgartner’s personal activities, including her travel diaries, letters and notebooks, personal photographs, awards, medals, plaques, diplomas, and other memorabilia.


Berggren, Gretchen Glode and Warren L.; papers, 1967-2010.; H MS c532, .4 c.f., unprocessed (contact Public Services)

Dr. Gretchen Glode Berggren, M.D., 1958, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE; M.Sc.Hyg., 1966, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, began her professional career in Belgian Congo where she served for five years along with her husband, Dr. Warren Berggren, after certification in tropical medicine at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Belgium in 1959. In Congo's post-independence years she co-founded the Congo Protestant Relief Agency that supported medical personnel for the Congo. At IME Kimpese, she helped design and implement curriculum to train physician-extenders (Congolese nurses and medical assistants) for that country that had no doctors of its own. After a partial residency in obstetrics at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, she received a Master's Degree at the Harvard School of Public Health, where she taught from 1967-93 in International Health, and initiated the "Home and Village Prepared Weaning Food Program" at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under Dr. Nevin Scrimshaw. She and her family lived and worked in Haiti at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital or with Haiti's "Bureau d'Hygiene Familiale" or others for over 20 years. Employed by Save the Children (SC) for more than ten years as maternal and child health expert advisor, she worked in field programs in 26 countries with emphasis on population based community health programs, and planned and edited their "Mothers, Too" newsletter. Dr. Berggren’s more recent field experience is in post-earthquake Haiti where she serves on the Board of several organizations. Under the tutelage of the Berggren's, more than 250 students from Harvard and from Haiti accomplished field services research. Berggren's introduced the first polyvalent rural health workers in Haiti, initiating immunization of all women against tetanus, and documenting the near disappearance of tetanus of the newborn in their defined population. Following their time in Haiti, the Berggren's joined Save the Children to develop child survival activities in 26 countries. Most recent activities include teaching self-examination of the breast in Kenya, and the "Positive Deviance/Hearth" method to combat malnutrition in Nicaragua and Haiti. Warren Berggren (1930-2015), M.D., 1955, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE; M.P.H., 1963, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA; D.P.H., 1967, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, received an MD degree from the University of Nebraska, where he met his wife. The couple married on January 11, 1959 in Belgium then served as medical missionaries in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 1962, the Berggrens came to the Harvard School of Public Health, now the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, to study disease prevention. After completing their degrees, they moved to rural Haiti in 1967, founding the Community Health Program of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer in partnership with the School. Their program of taking vaccines for neonatal tetanus to local communities led to the virtual elimination of that disease. They also engaged local residents as community health workers to monitor patients with tuberculosis and other conditions. As a member of the Harvard Chan faculty, Berggren served as an associate professor of tropical public health and population sciences from 1972 to 1981. Gretchen was affiliated with the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies from 1974 to 1989. The couple guided public health students through fieldwork and special projects, and during their time at the Schweitzer Hospital, more than 200 Harvard Chan students served under their tutelage on field projects lasting from several months to several years. Berggren was director of primary health care at Save the Children for 10 years. He also consulted for or worked under the Haitian and Tunisian ministries of health, USAID, UNICEF, World Relief, and the Colorado Haiti Project, on projects affecting 26 countries. 

See also: Collection of volumes from the Projet Integre de Sante et de Population, 1978-1982 


*Eliot, Martha M. (Martha May), 1891-1978;  papers 1909-1979; MC 329, .21 linear feet, processed - Available at the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

Pediatrician and expert on children's health (Radcliffe, 1913; Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 1918), Eliot was a founder of the World Health Organization and UNICEF, and the fourth head of the Children's Bureau. She taught at the Harvard School of Public Health, headed the Massachusetts Committee on Children and Youth, and conducted pioneering research on rickets. Collection contains professional correspondence and other papers, two memorial papers about Eliot, and a diary Eliot kept while travelling abroad, 1909.
See also:  Papers of Martha May Eliot, 1898-1975Additional papers of Martha May Eliot, 1870-1978 -- all collections listed here are available at the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University; portrait (undated), available online.

Frisch, Rose E. (Rose Epstein) papers, 1921-2014 (inclusive), 1970-2000 (bulk); H MS c455, 2.25 c.f., Processed

Rose (Epstein) Frisch (1918-2015), B.A., 1939, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts; M.A., 1940, Columbia University, New York City, New York; Ph.D., 1943, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Wisconsin, was a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health in the Department of Population and Development Studies in Boston, Massachusetts from the early 1970s until 1992. Her work focused on fat content and female fertility as well as fat content and cancer, especially in athletes and those with low body fat. The collection consists of records created and collected by Rose Frisch during her tenure as a professor at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies from 1974 through the early 2000s.


*Hamilton, Alice, 1869-1970; papers, 1909-1987 (inclusive), 1909-1965 (bulk);  A-22, 1.9 linear feet, processed--available at the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

Correspondence, articles, speeches, notes, clippings, and awards document Hamilton's professional life and interests. The largest series contains her medical papers, including articles and notes on chemical compounds, their hazards in the workplace, and industry protest over her findings. Also included are autobiographical and other published articles and speeches, etc. on non-medical subjects: political and social conditions in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s, the Equal rights amendment, conscientious objection, U.S.-Soviet relations, and the trials of Sacco and Vanzetti and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. Also one videotape entitled "Alice Hamilton: Science, Service, and Compassion" (shelved separately).


See also: Papers of Alice Hamilton, 1942-1968Alice Hamilton Papers, 1915Papers of the Hamilton family, 1904-1956Papers of the Hamilton family, 1879-1947Papers of the Hamilton family, 1818-1974Additional papers of the Hamilton family, 1850-1994 -- all collections listed are available at the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University


*Hardy, Harriet Louise (1906-1993); papers, 1910-1984 (inclusive), 1924-1980 (bulk). MC 387. 5.5 linear feet, processed--available at the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

Physician and specialist in occupational medicine (Wellesley, A.B., 1928; Cornell University Medical School, M.D., 1932), Hardy was college physician and head of the Department of Health Education at Radcliffe (1939-1945). She identified beryllium poisoning, a new disease among workers, and collaborated with Alice Hamilton on revised editions of Industrial Toxicology. Associated with the Massachusetts General Hospital in a number of capacities from 1940 on, she was chief of the Occupational Medical Clinic (1949-1961), and founded and was in charge of the Occupational Medical Service at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (1950-1971). Hardy taught at the Harvard Medical School, in the Department of Industrial Hygiene at the Harvard School of Public Health, at Tufts and at MIT.

See also: Harriet Louise Hardy papers, 1935-1999 (inclusive)--available at the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University


Kane, Nancy M.; papers, 1970-2018 (inclusive); H MS c576, 21 c.f., unprocessed (contact Public Services)

Nancy M. Kane, B.S., 1972, Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts; M.B.A., 1975, Harvard Business School, Cambridge, Massachusetts; D.B.A., 1981, Harvard Business School, Cambridge, Massachusetts; is Professor of Management in the Department of Health Policy and Management. She has won numerous teaching awards and supports case writing and advocates for teaching via the case method. Dr. Kane directs the Master in Health Care Management Program, an executive leadership program created for mid-career physicians leading healthcare organizations. She teaches in Executive and Masters Degree programs in the areas of health care financial accounting and analysis, payment systems, and competitive strategy. Dr. Kane also teaches faculty workshops in teaching and writing cases for public health education through executive education programs and in-house workshops. She won the national 2011 ASPH/Pfizer Award for Teaching Excellence and the 2006 Roger L. Nichols Excellence in Teaching Award, the top award at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Professor Kane consults with a wide range of federal and state agencies involved in health system design, oversight, and payment, including serving two terms (2005-2011) as a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, an agency advising the U.S. Congress on issues affecting the Medicare Program, and as a member of the Massachusetts Special Commission on Health Care Cost Containment in 2009. She won the 1997 Taplin Award for Translation of Ideas into Public Benefit for her work on creating financial transparency of nonprofit hospitals and their community benefit activities. Dr. Kane’s research focuses on the financial and strategic performance of health care organizations.Records include teaching records, course records, case records, research in hospital finances and financial transparency, records relating to charity care and tax exemptions, US and state health reform records, health care regulation records, Safety Net records, and departmental administrative files.


Laird, Nan M. (1943- ); papers, 1980-2015 (inclusive) (H MS c473) 16 c.f., unprocessed (contact Public Services)

Nan M. Laird (1943- ) is a professor in Biostatistics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH), formerly the Harvard School of Public Health. She served as Chair of the Department from 1990 to 1999. She was the Henry Pickering Walcott Professor of Biostatistics from 1991 to 1999. Dr. Laird is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, as well as the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. She is a member of the International Statistical Institute. Dr. Nan Laird’s major research interest is the development of statistical methodology in four primary areas: statistical genetics, longitudinal studies, missing or incomplete data, and analysis of multiple informant data. She has worked extensively in the Analysis of Family Based Studies in Genetics, and currently collaborates on genetic studies in BiPolar Disorder, Asthma and Lung Disease. In 2015, Dr. Laird announced her semi-retirement from the Harvard Chan School. 


Leaning, Jennifer (1945- ) papers, 1975-2017 (inclusive); H MS c618, 60+ c.f., unprocessed (contact Public Services)

Jennifer Leaning (1945), B.A.,1968, Radcliffe College, Cambridge, Massachusetts; S.M.H., 1970, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts; M.D., 1975, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois; residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital 1975-78, is a Senior Research Fellow at the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard T.H. Chan School, formerly the Harvard School of Public Health, and retired Professor of the Practice at the Harvard School of Public Health from 1999-2000. As associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, she is a faculty member in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She served as the director of the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights from January 1, 2010 until September 1, 2018. Prior to her appointment in 2010, Dr. Leaning served for five years as co-founder and co-director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. From 1999 to 2005 Dr. Leaning directed the Program on Humanitarian Crises and Human Rights at the Harvard FXB Center. During the 1980s and 1990s Dr. Leaning held progressively responsible roles in medical management at Harvard Community Health Plan (now Atrius Health) and was medical director of the Health Centers Division from 1992-1997.  She has worked clinically in emergency medicine since 1978 (and at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston from 1986-2005). Her research interests focus on issues of public health and international law in response to war and disaster, early warning for mass atrocities, and problems of human security in the context of forced migration and conflict. She has field experience in assessment of issues of public health, human rights, and international humanitarian law in a range of crisis situations (including Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Kosovo, the Middle East, Pakistan, the former Soviet Union, Somalia, the Chad-Darfur border, and the African Great Lakes area).  She has published widely on these topics and submitted reports and policy briefings to US and UN agencies, the International Criminal Court, and major NGOs. She has served on two Lancet Commissions, most recently as co-chair of the Lancet Commission on Syra. Leaning serves on the board of directors of the Norwegian Refugee Council -USA and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes.  She is currently a member of the Board of Syndics at Harvard University Press. Formerly she has served on the boards of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Red Cross, Physicians for Human Rights (in leadership when PHR received Nobel Peace Prize in 1997), Physicians for Social Responsibility and International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War (in leadership when IPPNW received Nobel Peace Prize in 1985), Oxfam America, and the Humane Society of the United States.  She has served on several advisory committees, most recently as a member of the Global Health Advisory Committee for the Open Society Foundations. She has served on the editorial board of Health and Human Rights and was editor-in-chief of Medicine & Global Survival, an international quarterly, from 1994-2000. Records include correspondence, reports, reference materials, committee records, and writings. Topics include disaster and disaster prevention. Includes materials relating to the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW).


McCormick, Marie C. (1946- ); papers, 1956-2019 (inclusive) 1968-2009 (bulk); H MS c477, 38.7 c.f. and 3.7424 GB, partially processed (contact Public Services)

The Marie C. McCormick papers, 1956-2016 (inclusive), 1968-2009 (bulk), are the product of McCormick’s research, teaching, administrative, and publishing activities during the course of her career. Research records and Infant Health and Development Program electronic records together constitute the bulk of the collection. Research records (Series I) consist primarily of administrative records and regulatory records generated during three studies related to the high-risk infants. Harvard School of Public Health Teaching and Administrative Records (Series II) include: grant applications, budgets, reports, and meeting minutes for graduate training grants in maternal and child health; syllabi, student handouts, course readings, and lectures for courses related to maternal and child health policy and research; and departmental accreditation records. Writings and Publications (Series III) consist of manuscript drafts and scientific paper reprints related numerous topics in infant and child health, and also include occasional raw, coded, and analyzed research data, protocols, and codebooks. The papers also include collected publications, bibliographies, and reading notes related to a variety of McCormick’s research and teaching interests (Series IV).


Prothrow-Stith, Deborah, 1954-; papers, 1983-2009 (inclusive), H MS c595, 39 c.f., unprocessed (contact Public Services)

Deborah Prothrow-Stith (born 1954), B.A., 1975, Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia; M.D., 1979, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, was Henry Pickering Walcott Professor of Public Health Practice in the Department of Health Policy and Management and Director of the Division of Public Health Practice (DPHP) at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). She served two years as Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Health before joining HSPH as Assistant Dean for Government and Community Programs in 1990. She then served as founding director of the DPHP and Associate Dean for Diversity. Prothrow-Stith advocates for the treatment of violence as a public health issue, a view she helped popularize in her 1991 book Deadly Consequences. She specializes in community-based violence prevention and has authored several youth curricula. Records include committee records, teaching records, subject files, reference material, writings, research records, travel files, grant records, departmental administrative records, and biographical materials.

See also: Division of Public Health Practice (institutional collection):


Rudd, Rima E., 1942-; papers, 1974-2008 (inclusive), H MS c625, 18.04 c.f. + 46.38 gigabytes, unprocessed (contact Public Services)

Rima E. Rudd (born 1942), B.A., 1963, Hunter College, New York City, New York; M.P.H., 1980, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts; Sc.D., 1986, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland; was a senior lecturer on health literacy, policy, and education from 1988-2022 at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, formerly the Harvard School of Public Health, located in Boston, Massachusetts. Rudd's research and teaching centered on social and behavioral theory and the design and evaluation of community based public health programs. The influence of Paulo Freire’s pedagogy and community based participatory models helped shape her work in evaluation studies, community organizing, health promotion, participatory materials development, and model program development. A notable project is Sisters Together Move More Eat Better, which was developed as a model program for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). The program focused on young Black women in three inner-city communities to encourage improved nutrition and increased physical activity. It is being adapted and replicated on the local level in many states through the support and encouragement of Center for Disease Control (CDC). In the mid-1990s, Rudd began to focus her research studies on health disparities and literacy related barriers to health information, health programs, and health care. Rudd drafted the first national call to action, served on the Health Literacy Committee at the National Academies of Science, and developed the first population-based measure of health literacy. She has written and contributed to multiple health policy reports, white papers, and research studies related to health literacy in public health, medicine, and dentistry. She developed health literacy courses for health professionals at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, with Veterans Affairs, with the Centers for Disease Control, and for adult education professionals. She has expanded the concept of health literacy with attention to the skills of health professionals, the demands of health texts, the expectations regarding tasks to be undertaken, and the contexts within which people function and interact. Rudd has been engaged in research and policy projects in the U.S. as well as in Australia, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, and the U.K. Rudd is recognized as a leader in the field of health literacy and is the recipient of several U.S. National Health Literacy Awards. Records include project files relating to Sisters Together, Measuring Health Literacy, National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy, the Department of Veterans Affairs. Also includes reference materials, glossaries, photo novellas, and teaching records.


Shepard, Bonnie; papers, 1990-2022 (inclusive); H MS c622, 4 c.f. + 1 archived website; unprocessed (contact Public Services)
Bonnie L. Shepard, B.A., 1975, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; M.Ed., 1979, Boston University School of Education, Boston, Massachusetts; M.P.A., 1988, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, Massachusetts; has worked for more than 15 years as a foundation program officer for Pathfinder International and the Ford Foundation, mainly in Latin America. Since 1998 she has been an independent researcher and evaluation consultant for nonprofits, foundations, and international agencies. She specializes in monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) systems for health, education, and social justice programs and for advocacy initiatives. From 2014-2021, she served as the internal MEL consultant for EMpower, a global foundation supporting youth development programs, and in 2021 as provider of technical assistance to the grantees of the Bay State Health system in Western Massachusetts. She is the author of “Running the Obstacle Course to Sexual and Reproductive Health: Lessons from Latin America” (Praeger: 2006), as well as several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters based on her research. She is a native English speaker with advanced fluency in Spanish and Portuguese, and intermediate fluency in French. Records include research, notes, and grey literature relating to sexual and reproductive health in Latin America and the Middle East. Organizations mentioned include Catholics for Choice, United Nations Children's Fund’s (UNICEF) Middle East and North Africa (MEnA) office, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (medical and public health schools), Corporación de Salud y Políticas Sociales (CORSAPS), Catolicas por el Derecho a Decidir, and Comité de América Latina y El Caribe para la Defensa de los Derechos de la Mujeres (CLADEM). Records span 1990-2010 (inclusive). Collection also includes an archived version of Shepard's website for her consulting practice which includes many of her publications (2022).

See also: Papers of Bonnie Shepard, 1995-2004--available at the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University


Sorensen, Glorian papers, 1986-2021 (inclusive); H MS c608, 28.5 c.f., unprocessed  (contact Public Services)

Glorian Sorensen, MPH, 1980, University of Minnesota; PhD, 1983, University of Minnesota, is Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and Director of the Harvard Chan Center for Work, Health and Wellbeing. She also directs the Center for Community-Based Research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The core of Dr. Sorensen’s research is randomized worksite-based studies that test the effectiveness of theory-driven interventions targeting changes in the work organization and environment as well as in workers’ safety and health behaviors. Her training in occupational sociology has provided a platform for focusing on the work organization and environment from a systems perspective. She is the founding Director and Principal Investigator for the Harvard Chan Center for Work, Health and Wellbeing, funded since 2007, by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) through its Total Worker Health® Program. Dr. Sorensen and her research team were among the first to demonstrate that the integration of occupational health and safety with worksite health promotion can significantly enhance health behavior change among blue-collar workers. Her 1989 cluster randomized worksite intervention trial to integrate occupational health and safety and worker health behaviors demonstrated that this integrated approach significantly improved smoking cessation rates among blue-collar workers. Since then, she has designed and tested integrated interventions across a range of industries, including manufacturing, construction, health care, social service, and transportation, and with small and large worksites, in over a dozen large-scale trials. This research has focused particularly on low-wage and blue-collar workers, among whom on-the-job risks and risk-related behaviors are especially prevalent. Dr. Sorensen is also the Principal Investigator of a NIOSH-funded study testing the effectiveness of organizational interventions to promote safety and health among low-wage food service workers. Previously, she led the development of the social contextual model for health behavior change, which addresses multiple levels of influence on cancer risk as part of a P01 funded by the National Cancer Institute, the Harvard Cancer Prevention Program Project, for which she was the PI. Dr. Sorensen has conducted a series of tobacco control studies in India since 2003, in collaboration with the Healis-Sekhsaria Institute of Public Health in Mumbai. There is a profound need for evidence-based interventions that promote tobacco control on a large scale, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. In India in 2010 alone, tobacco use accounted for over 1 million deaths. In the Bihar School Teachers Study, she and her colleagues demonstrated the efficacy of a tobacco use cessation intervention for school teachers in the state of Bihar. Dr. Sorensen current research in India, funded by the U.S. National Cancer Institute, aims to identify effective strategies for broad-based implementation of evidence-based tobacco control interventions using existing organizational infrastructures and accommodating the realities of low-resource settings. Dr. Sorensen’s prior research has included a P01 program project, several U01’s, and multiple R01’s funded by NCI, NIEHS, CDC, and NIOSH, as well as through foundations, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She previously led the Harvard Cancer Prevention Education Program and the Training Program in the Lung Cancer Disparities Center, which train pre- and post-doctoral fellows in cancer prevention, and she continues to provide mentoring and training for students and post-doctoral fellows. Records relate to the Mumbai Worksite Study, Bihar School Teachers Study, Working Well and WellWorks Studies, Health Promotion for Mobile Workers Study, Indoor Tanning Study, Project Commit, Treatwell 5-A-day, Worksite Nutrition Intervention, Total Worker Health, Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation for Employed Youth, Breast Cancer Education through Organized Labor, Determinants of Cancer Risk in Low Income Housing, and other cancer research studies. Record types include research records, meeting minutes, data, promotional materials, ephemera, sponsored project administration records, and anti-tobacco poster campaigns.


Swartz, Katherine; collection on universal health care, 1967-2012, H MS c469, 3.6 c.f., unprocessed (contact Public Services)

Katherine Swartz, B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1972; M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1974; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1976; is a Professor of Health Policy and Economics in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Collection consists of reports related to universal healthcare implementation in Massachusetts in the 1980s.


Wessling-Resnick, Marianne (1958-2019) papers, 1949-2018 (inclusive); H MS c617, 42 c.f., unprocessed (contact Public Services)

Dr. Marianne Wessling-Resnick (1958-2019), B.S., 1980, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts; M.S., University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Ph.D., 1988, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts; was a professor of nutritional biochemistry at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Wessling-Resnick held a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School before joining the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health (now the Harvard Chan School) in 1990. She was promoted to Associate Professor of Nutrition in 1995 and to Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry in 2000, when she became the Department of Nutrition’s first tenured woman faculty member. In 2003, she became a foundational tenured faculty member in the newly formed Department of Molecular Metabolism, which focuses on metabolic regulation and stress response. Wessling-Resnick had been a member of the PhD Program in Biological Sciences in Public Health since 1994, serving as its director from 2010 to 2014. She was also previously the director of the Division of Biological Sciences and a member of the Program in Quantitative Genomics. Wessling-Resnick’s research interests included metal homeostasis and neurotoxicity, specifically genetic disorders of iron metabolism at the molecular level and their implications in complex disease. She was known for showing the role of iron status in the regulation of iron and manganese uptake by the intestinal, pulmonary, and olfactory pathways. In addition to her research, Wessling-Resnick was a mentor to faculty, staff, and students with whom she worked. She was awarded the Harvard Chan School’s Junior Faculty Mentoring Award in 2013, and the Committee for the Advancement of Women Faculty (CAWF) Mentoring Award in 2019.


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