Schmidt-Nielsen Distinguished mentor & Scientist Award
Merry L. Lindsey

2018 Bodil M. Schmidt-Nielsen Distinguished Mentor and Scientist Awardee

Merry L. Lindsey, Ph.D.
The University of Mississippi Medical Center and
Research Health Scientist, Research Service
G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Jackson, Mississippi

Dr. Lindsey graduated from Boston University with a major in Biology and minors in Chemistry and English. She obtained her PhD in 1999 from Baylor College of Medicine, where she studied the expression and activation of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9 in myocardial ischemia/reperfusion under the advisorship of Dr. Mark Entman. After a 3 year fellowship in Dr. Richard T. Lee’s laboratory at Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, she accepted her first faculty appointment at the Medical University of South Carolina in 2002 and in 2004 at the age of 33 received NIH R01 funding, which puts her in the top 2% for being funded before 35 years of age. This R01 has been funded for a third cycle and is funded through 2019.

Merry moved to the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2005, where she rose through the ranks and was awarded Professor in 2012. She became Director of the San Antonio Cardiovascular Proteomics Center in August 2010, which was awarded an $11.6M contract from NHLBI for one of 7 proteomics center in the United States. Dr. Lindsey has been at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) since 2013, as Professor of Physiology and Director of the Mississippi Center for Heart Research.

Dr. Lindsey’s research has led to more than 180 publications, and she has received over $20M in grant support from the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association (AHA), the Voelcker Foundation, Novartis, and the Veterans Administration. Dr. Lindsey serves on the editorial boards for the American Journal of Physiology- Heart and Circulatory Physiology, Comprehensive Physiology, Circulation Research, and the Journal of Cardiac Failure and is actively involved in the American Physiological Society, the American Heart Association, and the American Society of Matrix Biology. She has reviewed grants for the AHA, NIH, and numerous international funding agencies and has presented her research at over 100 national and international venues.

Her trainees routinely publish high impact articles, win research awards for excellence, and successfully transition to independent faculty positions. Merry is a very hands on mentor who directly and actively helps her trainees to obtain their own research funding, many on first submission applications. She has helped many folks who are not directly under her supervision to obtain grants, ranging from young investigator grants to R01s to U grants. She is also author on a mentoring article entitled, “The Physics of an Academic Career”, which was recently published in Advances in Physiology Education.

Dr. Lindsey’s award lecture will be held on April 22 from 12 to 1:30 pm in the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina Hotel, Marriott Grand Ballroom 9.