Professor Jane Koretz

Title: Biophysicist, Professor Emerita
Location: Slingerlands, New York, United States 

Professor Jane Koretz has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in biophysics.

An award-winning researcher in bioethics and biophysics, Dr. Koretz is proof that hard work, perseverance and intelligence can make anything possible. Notably in her career, she was one of the first three women to be hired to faculty roles for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In addition, she established its biochemistry and biophysics program. Dr. Koretz notes this accomplishment as a point of pride as she was able to pave the way for excellent women in science to follow her lead. In total, she dedicated 36 years to the university before retiring in 2013. During her tenure, she held various roles including professor, head of the biochemistory and biophysics program, director of the Center for Biophysics, associate professor and assistant professor. While teaching, Dr. Koretz also performed extensive research in the field. Considered an expert by industry leaders, she was afforded numerous opportunities to share her expertise with her professional community. Specifically, Dr. Koretz was a reviewer for the National Institutes of Health, member of the National Science Foundation, member of the RPI Institutional Review Board and member of the New York State Conference hosted by the Association of University Professors.

One of the highlights of Dr. Koretz’ career was writing a research paper on how the human eye focuses, which was published in Scientific American. She is also very proud of receiving a Research Fulbright to Oxford, England. To further her research, she was the recipient of a long-term grant from the National Eye Institute, a Ruth L. Kirschstein Senior Fellowship and a Henry Fukui Travel Award from the National Foundation for Eye Research. Dr. Koretz’ success is supported by her education, which includes a PhD in biophysics from the University of Chicago, a Master of Science in bioethics from Union Graduate College and a Bachelor of Arts with high honors from Swarthmore College. As she looks to the future, Dr. Koretz intends to continue enjoying her retirement.

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