Title: Molecular Biology Educator
Company: Johns Hopkins University
Location: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Ru Chih C. Huang, Molecular Biology Educator at Johns Hopkins University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of science education.
Hailing from China, Dr. Huang has found immense success in the field of science education. She earned a BS from National Taiwan University in Taipei City, Taiwan, in 1953 and immigrated to the United States shortly after this accomplishment. In 1956, she earned a MS from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and then attended Ohio State University in 1960 where she earned a PhD. Dr. Huang held a postdoctoral fellowship at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena from 1960 to 1965 and subsequently assumed employment with Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She began her tenure as an assistant professor of molecular biology and became an associate professor in 1971. Since 1975, Dr. Huang has been a full professor of molecular biology at the university.
Dr. Huang enjoys her time with her students and primarily works with PhD students. Working with groups of bright doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows for the past 53 years at Johns Hopkins University has given Dr. Huang a chance to accomplish an important anti-cancer study and fulfill a longtime goal: preventing, treating, and halting the spread of human malignancies. She attributes her success to always working with bright scientists her entire life. She also gives full credits to her three mentors, the late professors Maynard Hale at Virginia Tech, Joe Varner at Ohio State University, and James Bonner at Cal Tech.
In addition to her main pursuits, Dr. Huang served on the board of directors for the Institute of Molecular Biology in Taiwan from 1987 to 1988, and as a chairman on the Board of the Science Counselors National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, from 1980 to 1984. She also served as the chairman of the Gordon Research Conference in 1980 and a member of the Science Advisory Board of the National Cancer Institute.
As a testament to Dr. Huang’s success, she has been lauded with the American Biographical Institute’s Woman of the Year in 2011, was a 2008 to 2012 National Central University Visiting Chair Professor awardee, and was a Nation’s Most Respected Teachers honoree from 2003 to 2005. Additionally, Dr. Huang won the Outstanding Asian-American Scientist Award in 1985 and was an American Women in Science awardee in 1985. She holds membership with the American Society of Biological Chemists, the American Biophysical Society, and the Academia Sinica, serving as a Choh Hao Li Memorial Lecturer for the organization in 2011. Furthermore, Dr. Huang has been featured in the 50th edition of Who’s Who in America and the 24th edition of Who’s Who in the East.
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