Great Strides: Celebrating Women in Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center

Women in Medicine Today in NYU Langone Medical Center

Women clinicians and researchers continue to make great strides at NYU Langone Medical Center, striving to understand the causes of disease and searching for effective treatments and cures, from vaccinations to cellular therapy.

One such leader is Ruth S. Nussenzweig, MD, the C.V. Starr Professor of Medical and Molecular Parasitology. In 1967, Dr. Nussenzweig observed that the malaria parasite could be inactivated at the stage in its life cycle before it enters the human liver by irradiating it. She showed that irradiated parasites were capable of inducing protective immunity.

Along with her husband and collaborator Victor Nussenzweig, MD, Dr. Nussenzweig has dedicated her life’s work to the development of vaccines against malaria. She has received countless awards in recognition of her substantial achievements in malaria research and parasitology. In 2009, Dr. Nussenzweig was recognized as Master Researcher during Dean’s Honor Day at NYU.