Dr. Weintraub named a 2017 AAAS Fellow

Susan Weintraub, Ph.D.

Susan Weintraub, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry & structural biology at UT Health San Antonio, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

This year’s AAAS Fellows were announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on Nov. 24.

As part of the Section on Chemistry, Dr. Weintraub was elected as an AAAS Fellow for pioneering work in the use of mass spectrometry to solve biomedical problems, and for service to the scientific community.

New Fellows will be presented a certificate and rosette pin Feb. 17 during the 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting in Austin.

“I was thrilled to be recognized for my efforts in biomedical mass spectrometry,” Dr. Weintraub said, “in particular, my work in the early 1970s that focused on quantitative analysis of brain neurochemicals, which was before mass spectrometry became widely used in biomedical research. This is in combination with a long career of service to the scientific community in terms of both scientific societies and review panels.”

Dr. Weintraub, director of the mass spectrometry core resource at UT Health San Antonio since 1979, has been a frequent chair or member of special study sections for review of large mass spectrometry resources. “When centers either are new or are proposing to renew their support, they are reviewed by a panel of scientists who go to the location for a site visit,” Dr. Weintraub said.

In addition to reviewing, for many years Dr. Weintraub has focused her efforts on the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, completing her terms as vice president for programs, president and then past president in 2016. More recently, she was elected a member of the council of the Human Proteome Organization, which is an international society.

Dr. Weintraub is associate editor of the Journal of Proteome Research.

A Baltimore native, Dr. Weintraub earned her bachelor of science degree in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and her master’s degree from Trinity University in San Antonio. She joined UT Health San Antonio as a research assistant in 1970 shortly before she defended her master’s thesis.

After completing her Ph.D. degree at the UT Health Science Center in 1979, Dr. Weintraub joined the faculty. She steadily advanced and was promoted to the rank of professor in 1995.

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