Maggie Werner-Washburne received a BA in English from Stanford. After graduation, she lived in Mexico, Central, and South America, Alaska, and Minnesota—a walkabout that led to her becoming a scientist. During this time, she became interested in ethnobotany (the traditional use of plants for food, clothing, and medicine). Maggie spent time in Western Samoa and New Zealand and completed an MS in botany at the University of Hawaii, and a PhD in botany with a minor in biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After a postdoc in yeast molecular genetics where she and collaborators discovered that HSP70 genes were chaperones, Maggie and her family (husband Bruce and two sons) moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she served as Regents’ Professor of Biology. Her research has been to understand how yeast cells survive starvation and most recently focuses on genomic analysis of the cell-fate decision that leads to the production of quiescent and non-quiescent cells in stationary-phase cultures and working on new technology to increase the utility of GFP-fusion libraries. Her work has provided insight into aging, the cell cycle, and other significant areas of cell biology. Maggie also spent one year at NSF as a program officer for Microbial Genetics and wrote the first report on the Federal Investment in Microbial Genomics for OSTP.
Werner Washburne is the recipient of the 2017 AAAS Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement due to her work in mentoring and research that led to a significant increase in Hispanic and Native American doctorates in the biological sciences. She has almost 30 years of scientific research, over 80 publications and more than 10,000 citations.
The 2017 Andy Robertson Lecture will take place on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the June SAB meeting in Keystone, CO. We look forward to welcoming Dr. Werner Washburne to the June SAB meeting!