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Cell biologist joins board of Wound Healing Society

UC Riverside’s Manuela Martins-Green plans to take society to next level of achievement in biomedical sciences.

Manuela Martins-Green, UC Riverside

Manuela Martins-Green, a professor of cell biology at the University of California, Riverside, has been elected a member of the board of directors of the Wound Healing Society (WHS). As a board member, she will manage the society’s day-to-day operations and be responsible also for its fiscal management.  Her appointment is for three years.

Established in 1989 to meet the needs of physicians, surgeons, doctoral level researchers and other professionals interested in exchanging biomedical information, the WHS advances the science and practice of wound healing.

“I see my election as an opportunity to help take the society to the next level of independence and help it make ever more significant contributions to the healing and regeneration scientific fields,” Martins-Green said. “We are at a point in time when major changes need to be made to take the society to the next level of achievement in biomedical sciences.”

Martins-Green will help expand the membership of the society, bring more funding for research in wound healing, and strategize to raise the impact of Wound Repair and Regeneration, the society’s journal.

A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, she was recently appointed “Professora Afiliada” to the University of Porto, Portugal, where she was chosen as one of five members of an international committee tasked with selecting the future generation of researchers for the university.

She has served as president of the UC Riverside faculty senate, and has won both the Distinguished Service Award and the Innovative Teaching Award at UCR. She currently serves on the board of directors of the UC Global Health Institute and is vice chair of the all-UC Committee on Affirmative Action and Diversity.

Her lab continues to pursue the role of chemokines in wound healing and angiogenesis, a field she pioneered in the late 1980s. More recently, her research program developed ways to improve burn healing using insulin dressings, and studied the effects of pomegranate juice components on metastasis of prostate cancer.

Her lab also has shown that even second-hand tobacco smoke exposure can result in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, a common disease and rising cause of chronic liver injury. In the field of third-hand smoke effects, her lab has made significant advances in healing liver metabolism as well as lung function and behavior.

Her work has attracted international attention and been highlighted four times since 2001 in the Press Book of the American Society for Cell Biology.

A Fulbright fellow, she received a Ph.D. in developmental biology from UC Davis in 1987. She joined the UCR faculty in 1993.

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