Mary Elizabeth “Mary Beth” Hatten

Mary Elizabeth “Mary Beth” Hatten

Hatten received a Ph.D. in biochemical sciences from Princeton University and did post-doctoral research in neuroscience at Harvard Medical School. She joined Rockefeller University in 1992 and was appointed the university’s first female full professor and the first female to lead a research laboratory there. Her work has implications for conditions that are partially due to developmental abnormalities in the brain, such as learning disabilities, childhood epilepsy, schizophrenia, and autism. Her work on cerebellar development may one day inform research on treatments for childhood cancers. In acknowledgment of her distinguished and continuing achievements in original research, Hatten was elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in May 2017. In November 2017 she received the 2017 Ralph W. Gerard Prize in Neuroscience, the highest recognition conferred by the Society for Neuroscience (SfN). Hatten’s mother, Mary Lou Payne Hatten ’46, and aunt, Ann Payne Wood ’58, also graduated from Hollins. She is a recipient of the Hollins Distinguished Alumnae Award.