In Memoriam: Marie T. Filbin
Marie T. Filbin, distinguished professor at Hunter College and a member of the doctoral faculty in biochemistry and biology, died on January 15, 2014, in Ireland, after a long illness. She was an internationally renowned neuroscientist, whose groundbreaking work describes the chemical environment of an injured nervous system and the factors that influence the regrowth of axons from the injury site. This work has been crucial to understanding paralysis and developing drugs that may someday be used to reverse spinal cord injury. In 2001 she was corecipient of the Ameritec Prize for paralysis research.
Filbin received her Ph.D. from the University of Bath, England. She held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University before coming to Hunter College in 1990. She was named to the doctoral faculty in 1991. She will be remembered as a fierce advocate for her students as well as a superb scientist, one who frequently went beyond the role of mentor to improve students’ lives.
Submitted on: FEB 3, 2014