Dr. Vicki Rosen, professor and chair of Developmental Biology at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM), recently received The William F. Neuman Award, the most prestigious award given by The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR). The award recognizes major scientific contributions in the area of bone and mineral research and contributions to associates and trainees in teaching, research, and administration. She was presented with the award honorarium and plaque at the Society’s annual meeting in late September.
“I am delighted by this honor and proud to be recognized by ASBMR as it is an organization that values diversity and highlights the achievements of women,” said Dr. Rosen.
Dr. Rosen arrived at HSDM by way of industry, having spent the early part of her career as a scientist at Genetics Institute, a biotechnology company, where she was a member of the research team that identified the bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) genes in 1988. She became a professor in the Faculty of Medicine in 2001, and chair of the Department of Developmental Biology at HSDM in 2005.
“This important recognition of Vicki’s scientific accomplishments is very well deserved,” said Dean Bruce Donoff. “She opened up the field of BMP research at HSDM and broke ground as the School’s first female professor and department chair,” he added.
The Rosen Laboratory studies the physiological roles that bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) play in the development, maintenance, and repair of musculoskeletal tissues (bone, cartilage, tendon, ligament, meniscus, muscle) with the goal of developing novel strategies for their repair and regeneration.