Faculty in the Spotlight

  1. Sandra Murray, PhD

Sandra Murray, PhD, Professor in the Department of Cell Biology at the University of Pittsburgh was recently awarded a Lifetime Fellow Recognition for distinguished contributions to the advancement of cell biology by The American Society for Cell Biology. She is the first African-American woman to be named a society fellow. The society, founded in 1960, is a worldwide community of biologists studying the cell, the fundamental unit of life. Its website describes its members as “dedicated to moving scientific discovery forward, advocating and fighting for sound research policies, improving education and teaching innovations, promoting professional career development and increasing inclusiveness in the scientific workforce at all levels.” Pushing for more diversity in the research community has been a goal of Dr. Murray’s for a long time. Learn more. Dr. Murray was also recently featured in the "Principal Investigator Spotlight" in MCBBLOG


Dr. Diego Chaves-Gnecco

Diego Chaves-Gnecco MD, MPH is a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician, Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Director and Founder of the program SALUD PARA NIÑOS. Dr. Chaves-Gnecco recently received the F. Edwards Rushton CATCH Award at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference. This award honors pediatricians who collaborate within their communities to increase children’s access to health care and other needed services. Dr. Diego is the first Latino pediatrician to receive this recognition. Dr. Chaves-Gnecco was also featured on WQED-Tv's "Horizons" Learn more about Salud Para Niños, the first pediatric bilingual clinic in southwestern Pennsylvania.