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Dr. Maria Linder


Maria Linder, who earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry from Vassar College in New York and her doctorate in biochemistry from Harvard University, has been a mentor to hundreds of students in her laboratory. Students have collaborated with her on research that focuses on examining how copper and iron function in the body. Her work also has contributed to a greater understanding of cancer.

Over the years, Linder has garnered over $12 million in research grants, authored 137 scientific publications and two books, directed the  Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholars Program, and has received numerous accolades for her research and teaching.

Those honors include CSUF's 1985 Outstanding Professor Award and the inaugural recipient of the L. Donald Shields Excellence in Scholarship and Creativity Award in 2013. She also received the California State University Wang Family Excellence Award in 2007, and last year, became a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Maria Linder, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, was recognized on April 12 for her 40 years of service during the 2016-17 University Awards Program.  Linder wants to continue doing research and educating future scientists: "I'm proud of my own research accomplishments, as well as the work of my students. It's been rewarding to be a mentor and interact with the wonderful young people entering the sciences, and to help them achieve their goals.”