Kanevsky-Mullarky honored at White House

Isis Kanevsky-Mullarky This spring, President Barack Obama recognized Isis Kanevsky-Mullarky, an associate professor of dairy science, for being a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

The award, presented at the White House, is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their careers. She was one of 102 recipients of the award and one of three funded by the Department of Agriculture.

Award winners were selected for their pursuit of innovative research and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach.

“To say I’m thrilled to receive this award doesn’t do my feelings justice,” said Kanevsky-Mullarky, who is an affiliated faculty member of the Fralin Life Science Institute. “Not only are there few scientists in agriculture who receive this prestigious award, the number of women is even fewer. It is a great honor to serve as a representative of my department and university as a recipient.”

Kanevsky-Mullarky’s research centers on enhancing the immune response to Staphylococcus aureus infections, identifying biomarkers and vaccine targets, and delineating immune system development in the neonate. She currently teaches mammary immunology, mentors both master’s and doctoral students, and serves as chair of the graduate committee.