Dolores Lamb, PhD, HCLD (ABB)
Outstanding Mentor Award
The quantity, quality, and breadth of Dr. Dolores (Dorrie) Lamb’s mentoring activities are extraordinary. They include mentoring high school students, undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows (MD, PhD, MD/PhD), residents and early career faculty as well as continued mentoring of former trainees.
As a PhD research scientist and clinical lab director, she has had an enormous impact in training researchers and clinicians in male reproductive biology and medicine. She has served as the primary mentor for 10 PhD students, 17 post-doctoral, and nearly 100 clinical research fellows working in diverse areas of the endocrine control of male reproductive development and function. She mentors them not only in how to do research and to think as a scientist, but in writing, presentations, and other skills necessary to be a successful scientist. It is remarkable how many of her trainees have won awards and fellowships for their work and progressed to academic positions (nine trainees are now department chairmen in the U.S. and abroad).
In addition to her success as a mentor of her own trainees, she has established training programs at multiple levels. She is the PI of a T32 and a large K12 training grant to support research career development and a recently completed K12 for male reproductive health research training (MRHR). Her success in developing trainees who are from underrepresented minorities is also noteworthy. The summer training experience in her laboratory has been life- and career-changing for some who subsequently decided to enter graduate programs after their summer research experience.
The summer training experience in her laboratory has been life- and career-changing for some who subsequently decided to enter graduate programs after their summer research experience.
For her success in training, she was awarded the American Urologic Association Foundation’s Distinguished Mentor Award and the Faculty Educator award in the Scott Department of Urology for extraordinary contributions and mentorship in urologic research. The Endocrine Society also benefits from her participation in the joint WE/Endo mentoring programs.
Nancy Weigel, PhD, professor of molecular and cellular biology at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, is a former chair of the Laureate Awards Committee and is currently an associate editor of the Journal of the Endocrine Society.