Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: Emory University
Location: Cheyenne, Wyoming, United States
Jean Priest, Professor Emeritus of Emory University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in genetic medicine.
Helping others had always been a goal of Dr. Priest’s. Growing up, she watched her father, who was a physician, treat and cure sick people. She wanted to follow suit, but was encouraged to go into nursing, as it was deemed more appropriate for women to go into at the time. Deterred but not defeated, Dr. Priest started in community health medicine and then worked in welfare clinics and an institution for developmentally challenged people. She earned an MD from the University of Chicago in 1953 and continued as a rotating intern for the University of Washington, King County Hospital System and then as a pediatric resident of the University of Chicago Clinics. She started teaching at Emory University in the early 1970s. Dr. Priest retired in 2005.
In the late 1950s, Dr. Priest worked as a staff physician for the Respiratory Center at Columbus Hospital and as a staff pediatrician for Rainier School. In 1964, she accepted a position as Director of the Birth Defects Clinic at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. From 1970 to 1990, Dr. Priest served as a physician with Grady Memorial Hospital. In 1973, she obtained the position of Director of the Prenatal Diagnosis Program at Emory University, remaining until 1990. On top of her work in academia and providing medical care, Dr. Priest is the author of numerous books, chapter and journals. She has published the “Practitioners’ Guide to Kansas Family Law.”
Dr. Priest’s accomplishments include research in chromosome thymidine uptake in synchronized cultures, synthesis period in FudR synchronized cells, dermatoglyphics and clinical disease, replication kinetics of abnormal human X chromosomes, chorionic villus studies in early pregnancy, effect of hypomethylation on cell cycle. She has co-researched antenatal diagnosis of inherited amino acid disorders, differentiation in amniotic fluid cells, growth factor and cytogenetic abnormalities in malignant melanoma and endocrine function of human amniotic fluid cells. In 2010, she was recognized with an Emeritus College Award from Emory University. Dr. Priest has also received a Distinguished Cytogenetics Award from the American Cytogenetics Conference, a Deutscher Academischer Austauschdienst German Study Grant, and grants with the National Institutes of Health and the Veteran’s Association. Dr. Priest was a fellow with the Chicago Heart Association from 1957 to 1958 and with the National Foundation in 1957.
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