Professor Carter-Sus work, published in Cell, has transformed the field of hormone and cytokine research from many separate stories to an integrated area of signal transduction involving families of JAK kinases and subsequent signaling proteins. Her discoveries have opened up a completely new area for experimental research in endocrinology and her achievements have inspired a great number of endocrinologists and biochemists in different laboratories all over the world.
Professor Carter-Su is also a successful and well liked teacher who has taught cell physiology and endocrinology in various contexts throughout the University. As director of the physiology course taught at the School of Dentistry, she introduced innovations that have improved both faculty and student performance.
Since joining the Medical School faculty in 1981, Professor Carter-Su has served on a large number of dissertation committees and has been a research mentor to many undergraduates, graduate students, and fellows. She takes the time to work with people, to instruct, and to seek out what is in the students best interest. Professor Carter-Su has served on the Program Committee of the Graduate Program in Cellular and Molecular Biology and as head of its academic advisory committee. She also has served on numerous committees in the Medical School and the University.
Her success is manifest by her publications in major journals and the many invitations she receives to speak in symposia and at national and international meetings, by her service on editorial boards and study sections, and by her awards and grants, including a Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Career Development Award. She recently was selected as the Eli Lilly Lecturer for the Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society.
Professor Carter-Sus adept balancing of scholarly activities, teaching, and service obligations provides a model for younger colleagues. For her great integrity, her professionalism, and her dedication to scholarship and intellectual excellence, the University is pleased to present to Christin Carter-Su its Faculty Recognition Award.