Meet the Candidates for President-Elect

Term: 2021-2023  |  Open Positions: 1  |  Candidates: 2

Martine Dunnwald

Claudia KrebsCurrent Position/Institution: Research Associate Professor, The University of Iowa

Pharm.D./Ph.D. Institutions: Louis Pasteur University, Strasbourg, France; Laval University, Québec City, Canada

Earlier Positions: Research Assistant Professor in Anatomy and Cell Biology (2016-2019) and Pediatrics (2010-2015), Research Scientist in Pediatrics (2001-2006), Postdoctoral Fellow in Anatomy and Cell Biology (1999-2002), The University of Iowa; Postdoctoral Fellow in Dermatology and Oral Biology (1996-1999), The University of Washington, Seattle.

Teaching: [current] Human embryology (graduate students); Advanced human gross anatomy (athletic trainer graduate students); Histology and embryology (dental students); Medical gross anatomy and Neuroanatomy Laboratory (professional students); [past] Responsible Conduct of Research (graduate students and medical residents); Stem cells (graduate students); case-based learning (medical students)  

AAA Committee/Roles:
Program Committee (2007-2015); Program Committee Co-chair (2016-2020); Board of Directors (2016-2020); Representative to Experimental Biology Board (2017-2020); Program committee liaison person to Educational Affairs Committee, Scientific Affairs Committee, Professional Development Committee (2016-2020); Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (2019-present); EB symposium organizer (every year since 2006)

Other Professional Activities: Reviewer for NIH study sections and scientific publications; Science outreach (K-12); Medical mission in Guatemala for cleft lip and palate; Global health track advisor for student going to Lambaréné, Gabon.

Awards: Dermatology Foundation Research Award (1997, 1998); Young Faculty Travel Award, AAA (2007, 2008); Professional Award, The University of Iowa (2007); Anatomy Training Program, AAA (2017-2019)

Research Interest: Craniofacial development with emphasis on cleft lip and palate; skin wound healing and epidermal migration; gene regulatory network that governs both craniofacial development and wound healing. 

Candidate Statement
AAA is a vibrant society that recently changed its name from “Anatomists” to “Anatomy”. Although seemingly subtle, this change provides a unique opportunity for the association to embrace a larger diverse group of scholars. They include educators and researchers of Anatomical Sciences, and anyone willing to engage the public in these fields. My vision for AAA is that all individuals from all backgrounds whose professional focuses are the Anatomical Sciences should call AAA “home”. AAA would be a safe place for all and provide resources and equal opportunities to all to promote and educate the next generation of anatomy scholars.

AAA is at a turning point in its journey with many challenges to come. The dissolution of Experimental Biology leaves AAA orphan of its home of the past 20 years, creating an opportunity to build an independent meeting with potential collaboration with other societies. The radical change from in person to virtual education and research environments offers AAA the possibility to be creative in serving its members by providing essential resources to their success. While pressure for open access in scientific publishing is impacting how we work and communicate, our journals are thriving and remain integral to AAA. With creativity, passion, and thoughtful leadership we will maintain AAA’s financial strength and expand support for members, particularly those who are underrepresented in Anatomy and STEM. 

I have been a member of AAA for over 15 years, and have served the society as a member of the Program Committee, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, and as co-chair of the Program Committee. The latter gave me a seat on the Board and a liaison seat on the Professional Development Committee, Educational Affairs Committee, and Scientific Affairs Committee. I also served as the AAA representative on the EB Board. These functions have given me a deep understanding of AAA, a position from which to lead the execution of AAA’s strategic plan. I am willing to work hard to lead in the direction that is best for AAA and its members. I would do so by listening to the Board and the members, consulting with the committee chairs and working with AAA staff to insure the bright future of our association. 

Other Professional Memberships Currently Maintained: Society of Investigative Dermatology (1996-present), Society for Craniofacial Genetics and Developmental Biology (2018-present), American Society for Cell Biology (2019-present)

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