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Dr. Jean R. Starkey

Title: Associate Research Professor
Company: Montana State University
Location: Manhattan, Montana, United States

Dr. Jean R. Starkey, associate research professor at Montana State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of biology.

With over 50 years of experience to her credit, Dr. Starkey is a proven expert in the field of education. Specializing in pathobiology — particularly pertaining to cancers — she has served as an associate research professor of microbiology at Montana State University since 1984. Dr. Starkey previously worked at Washington State University from 1972 to 1984, originally joining as a research associate of veterinary pathology and microbiology and later operating as an assistant professor for pathology and microbiology and for genetics and cell biology.

Prior to embarking on her vocational journey, Dr. Starkey cultivated her own formal education, originally earning both a certificate in orthopedic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania and a certificate in orthopedic pathology at Temple University in 1969. She ultimately achieved a PhD in pathology at the University of Pennsylvania in 1974. At the onset of her career, Dr. Starkey served as a postdoctoral fellow of equine orthopedics at the university between 1968 and 1969.

Adjacent to her primary duties in the field, Dr. Starkey has been well-regarded for her dedication to civic advocacy. To wit, she was a member of the cell biology study section of the Komen Foundation between 2003 and 2004. Likewise, she was a member of the Telethon peer review system for the Telethon Foundation in Rome, Italy, in 2000. Throughout her, she also published numerous scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals pertaining to her work.

Though her original focus was on veterinary medicine, Dr. Starkey was inspired to pursue a career in orthopedic pathology after completing training and studies in the field. Particularly, she studied connective tissue in relation to cancer research, which sparked new interests for her. Accounting for her accomplishments, she is particularly proud to have had many of her doctoral students carry on her legacy and ideas in the field.

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