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Mary Farwell 2018
Mary Farwell, PhD

Director of Undergraduate Research

Dr. Farwell received her ScB in Biology with Honors, Magna Cum Laude, from Brown University, where she did undergraduate research on aldosterone metabolism in rats. She then went on to University of California, Berkeley, where she completed her PhD in biochemistry. Her dissertation research was on protein synthesis in bacteria. She was awarded a National Institute of Health post-doctoral fellowship at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Department of Chemistry, working on protein synthesis factors in mitochondria. In 1994, Dr. Farwell became an Assistant Professor at ECU, Department of Biology. When she had an active lab, she conducted research on mitochondria’s role in cell death, in addition to collaborative research projects. Dr. Farwell trained 15 graduate students and 50 undergraduates. Her work on cell death in breast cancer cells was funded by the National Institutes of Health, as well as the American Cancer Society and the Leo Jenkins Cancer Center. Her most recent grant funding was from the National Science Foundation to support scholarships and a living-learning community for biology and biochemistry majors. Her current scholarly interest is student success in STEM. In 2010, Dr. Farwell was promoted to full professor in the Biology Department. In addition to the Director of Undergraduate Research, Dr. Farwell is now the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Research in the Division of Research, Economic Development and Engagement.