NHLBI Celebrates Women Scientists

In honor of Women’s History Month, the NHLBI will celebrate the accomplishments of women biomedical scientists who have played and are playing key roles in fighting heart, lung, blood, and sleep-related disorders. Check back throughout the month for additions to this impressive list.
headshot of Julie Panepinto
For nearly 20 years, Julie Panepinto, M.D., MSPH, has been involved in chronic disease research and caring for children with sickle cell disease , a painful...
headshot of Dr. Karola Jering
When the United States implemented nationwide "stay-at-home" orders last year amid a worsening pandemic, so did research laboratories around the world. Projects...
Professional headshot of Dr. Gail Pearson
As a pediatric cardiologist, Gail Pearson, M.D., Sc.D., faces heart disease where most people least expect to find it—in the very young and most vulnerable. As...
Headshot of Qing “Sara” Lin, Ph.D.
When Sara Lin, Ph.D., was a doctoral student studying developmental biology, she shadowed doctors in a neonatal intensive care unit and quickly became...
Headshot of Dina Paltoo, Ph.D., M.P.H.
When Dina Paltoo, Ph.D., M.P.H. , joined the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in March 2020, she was eager to use her years of extensive...
Headshot of Dr. Judith S. Hochman
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As a cardiologist, Judith Hochman, M.D., M.A., could see first-hand the havoc COVID-19 was wreaking among patients with cardiovascular disease. Very early on,...
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Ileana Piña, M.D., a Board-certified heart failure transplant cardiologist, is a clinical p rofessor of medicine at Central Michigan University and adjunct...
Headshot of Amanda Jamieson, Ph.D.
When she was just 7, Amanda Jamieson, Ph.D., loved peering at pond water samples under a microscope. Over the years, her fascination with living systems only...
Headshot of Madeline Sterling, M.D., M.P.H.
At the start of coronavirus pandemic, when New Yorkers were cheering in the streets for the cleaning staffs at city hospitals, Madeline Sterling, M.D., M.P.H.,...
Headshot of Kathleen Fenton, M.D.
For nearly 20 years Kathleen Fenton, M.D., a pioneering pediatric cardiac surgeon, taught students and medical residents, ran a research laboratory, and worked...
headshot of Rosa Puertollano-Moro, Ph.D
Rosa Puertollano-Moro, Ph.D., knew as a young girl that she wanted to be a scientist. But little did she know that one day she would be doing innovative...
Headshot of Linda Van Horn, PhD, RDN.
Linda Van Horn, PhD, RDN, has a longstanding interest in the role of diet in prevention and treatment of chronic disease, especially heart disease. A research...