Dr. Horwitz received her Ph.D. from Emory University. She has spent most of her professional career at the University of California, Davis, starting as a postdoctoral fellow. In 1991 she became Chair of the Department of Animal Physiology, renamed the Section of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior. In 2001, she became Vice Provost for Academic Personnel. Dr. Horwitz leads a highly successful research
program centered on the genetic, neural, and hormonal regulation of energy balance. She also has two grants to develop instructional materials for undergraduate physiology courses and another aimed at increasing the number of under-represented minorities in biomedical research. Dr. Horwitz has received many teaching awards from her university, as well as the University of California Presidential Award, and the APS Guyton Teacher of the Year Award. Dr. Horwitz is an outstanding mentor, guiding the development of 11 predoctoral students, 8 postdoctoral fellows, and countless undergraduate and high school students. A significant number of her undergraduate mentees have gone on to obtain Ph.D.’s or other post-baccalaureate/professional degrees.
See "Mentoring - Lessons Learned" (Audio/PPT file of presentation)