Title: Molecular Biologist
Location: Mystic, Connecticut, United States
Lydia Pan, Molecular Biologist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in biomedical research and scientific policy.
Throughout her career, Dr. Pan has remained excited over science and has endeavored to inspire a love and appreciation for the field for future generations. She has largely stayed within parameters of her career in terms of the areas of science she has worked in and has seen few shifts. The first major shift was the decision to change from working in the public to the private sector, which was very early in her career. The second notable shift was going from a position of conducting primary research for the pharmaceutical sector to a policy and public affairs role – which is centered on communicating the science as well as interfacing between scientists and non-scientists, such as governmental officials and policymakers. Though she retired in 2015, Dr. Pan remained committed to advancing science and policy in her last position. This position was being the program director of Adult Vaccination Disparities at the National Minority Quality Forum.
Before serving in this capacity, Dr. Pan provided her skills and expertise as the Director of the Worldwide Science Policy from 2007 to 2014. She spent the decade prior as a senior principal investigator of Pfizer Global Research and Development. In the early 1990s, Dr. Pan was a staff scientist and director of the Molecular Biology Core Facility at the Hospital for Special Surgery. From 1986 to 1991, she served as a postdoctoral fellow of pharmacology at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Earlier in her career, she was a research assistant at Carlsberg Laboratorium. Furthermore, she has worked as a Pfizer Science Ambassador for educational outreach on drug discovery and as a peer-reviewer for grants, research manuscripts and conference abstracts for the National Science Foundation. Additionally, she is a co-founder of the Pfizer-Yale Student Mentoring Program.
Dr. Pan prepared for a career in science by first earning a Bachelor of Science in biology at Yale University in 1978. She continued at the University of California, San Diego to earn a PhD in the field in 1986. In her career, she has been at the forefront of many achievements, including the launch of WIPO Re:Search Consortium for innovation in diseases of the developing world; the development and implementation of personalized medicine and companion diagnostics policies to support regulatory approval of emerging classes of targeted therapies; European drug approval for third generation selective estrogen receptor modulator Fablyn lasofoxifene; the discovery and characterization of oral ghrelin agonist capromorelin which was eventually approved by FDA for veterinary use in dogs; and for pioneering advances in the cellular and molecular biology of bone.
Dr. Pan is the recipient of multiple awards from Pfizer, including individual performance and team performance awards. She has also received the Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Research Fund Fellowship, the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research Young Investigator Award in 1986, and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
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