Dr. Barbara Murray
Dr. Barbara Murray

Women In Science With Excellence (WISE) named Dr. Barbara Murray, professor and director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at McGovern Medical School, as one of several honorees at the 9th Annual WISE Luncheon last week.

The luncheon, held Jan. 26 at the River Oaks Country Club, is a forum for celebrating female leaders in STEM fields, offering women a chance to network, share ideas, and help them find their strengths in STEM. Four women, including Murray, were chosen for their “extraordinary leadership in STEM.”

Murray joined McGovern Medical School in 1980 and is the director of the Center for the Study of Emerging and Re-emerging Pathogens and holder of the J. Ralph Meadows Professorship in Internal Medicine. She has been the director of the Infectious Diseases Division since 1995 and was named the 2014 president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America in 2014. Murray’s research, focused on understanding the mechanisms of resistance to antibiotics and bacterial pathogenicity, has resulted in over 200 papers in peer reviewed journals, as well as many reviews, chapters, and invited articles.

Other women honored at the event included: Dr. Bonnie Bartel, Ralph and Dorothy Looney Professor in the Department of BioSciences at Rice University; Dr. Elizabeth Grimm, professor and Waun Ki Hong Distinguished Chair in Translational Oncology and deputy division head for research affairs in the Division of Cancer Medicine at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; and Janeen Judah, 2017 president of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

WISE, an initiative of BioHouston, dedicated to advancing women in STEM. WISE is a movement celebrating exceptional women in technical disciplines. By connecting women of all ages, WISE inspires girls to turn their interest in STEM into a life-long passion.