Title: Research Biologist
Company: The MITRE Corporation
Location: Alexandria, Virginia, United States
Elaine H. Mullen, Research Biologist at The MITRE Corporation, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in research.
Originally a scientific illustrator, Ms. Mullen feels her transition to research was only natural. She was doing an illustration on how to dye a slide and, in the process, put some chemicals together and noticed a film. Ms. Mullen was fascinated by the glycoprotein film and spent the next few years studying it. She later patented it. After that, Ms. Mullen was able to prove her films were coated with sugar. She took a protein that has two forms, one with sugar and one without, made films of both, and used a sugar-binding protein to prove there were sugars on the outsides of the glycells. When they were dispersed in water, the sugars were sticking out into the water. It was a simple way of proving her hypothesis, which became the basis of another patent. In total, Ms. Mullen holds five patents for her work. She currently lends her talents to The MITRE Corporation, where she has served as a research biologist since 2000. Her areas of expertise are glycobiology, infectious diseases, and glyco protein films.
Prior to the role, Ms. Mullen earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from Virginia Commonwealth University and garnered experience with the Medical College at Virginia and The MITRE Corporation. She also joined prominent professional organizations like the Consortium for Functional Glycomics and the SugarBind Database Committee.
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