Isis Kanevsky-Mullarky, an associate professor of dairy science, has been honored by the White House as one of the 2013 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government upon outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. Kanevsky-Mullarky is one of 102 recipients of the 2013 awards and one of three funded by the Department of Agriculture.
Awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach.
“The impressive achievements of these early-stage scientists and engineers are promising indicators of even greater successes ahead,” President Barack Obama said in a press release. “We are grateful for their commitment to generating the scientific and technical advancements that will ensure America’s global leadership for many years to come.”
“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 that 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.