Nita J Maihle PhD

Professor (Adjunct) of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and Professor of Pathology and of Pharmacology; Director, Biology of Reproductive Tract Cancers Program

Biographical Info

Dr. Maihle received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and completed postdoctoral training at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the National Cancer Institute. She was a faculty member at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) for 15 years, before assuming her current position in 2003 as Professor of Ob/Gyn & Reproductive Sciences, supported by a 'Senior Women in Medicine Professorship,' at Yale University School of Medicine.

Studies in Dr. Maihle’s laboratory are focused on the discovery of disruptive innovations in the rapidly emerging field of precision medicine -- innovations in molecular diagnostics that will allow the more efficient coupling of new, biologically-targeted therapeutics to the right cancer patients. The clinical application of such discoveries will require the development of new business models in academic medicine - models that forge more effective partnerships between the public and private sectors. Dr. Maihle recently has completed a Visiting Scholarship at Harvard’s MGH Cancer Center and Harvard Business School, where she has been exploring new paradigms for the development of such models.

Dr. Maihle has served as a mentor and role model for many successful students, residents, fellows, and visiting professors, and has been particularly active as an advocate for women and other underrepresented individuals. Her educational philosophy was shaped by C. Roland Christensen and other instructors in the Harvard Macy Institute’s educational curriculum where she learned about adult learning theories and the case-based method of teaching. She founded the first interdisciplinary training program at the Mayo Clinic in Cancer Biology, receiving multiple teaching awards and recognition for her pioneering leadership in this novel program.

Since that time she has served in a leadership capacity for numerous educational and cancer research organizations throughout the country, and also for several national research funding organizations. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the U. S. National Cancer Institute.

International Activity

  • Clinical Trial Design
    Toronto, Canada (2007 - 2007)
    Speaker, Innovation and Reform in Clinical Trial Design: Implementation of Biomarkers in Clinical Trial Design

Education & Training

Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1983)
Postdoctoral Fellowship
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and National Cancer Institute, Frederick, MD, Molecular Biology/Retrovirology (1983 - 1984)
Postdoctoral Fellowship
Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH, Molecular Biology and Cancer Center (1984 - 1988)

Honors & Recognition

  • Research and Leadership Innovation Award
    Connecticut Technology Council (2007)
  • Y50K Award (2nd Place – Biotechnology Category)
    Yale School of Management/Yale Entrepreneurial Society (2007)
  • Y2K Award (1st Place – Biotechnology Category)
    Yale School of Management/Yale Entrepreneurial Society (2007)
  • Visiting Professor Scholarship
    Pfizer (2004)
  • Founding Director, Tumor Biology Program, Faculty Recognition
    Mayo Clinic (2001)
  • Excellence in Teaching Recognition
    Mayo Medical School (1999-2000)
  • Teacher of the Year Award
    Mayo Graduate School (1998)
  • Excellence in Teaching Recognition
    Mayo Medical School (1994-1995)
  • Harvard Macy Institute Faculty Scholar
    Harvard Macy Institute (2009)
  • Innovation Pipeline Award (Most New Patents)
    Connecticut Technology Council (2010)

Professional Service

  • Chair, National Cancer Institute (2010)
  • Ovarian Cancer Program (NCI-funded SPORE), Fox Chase Cancer Center (2009 - -)
  • Chair, USAMRDC Ovarian Cancer Research Program (2006 - 2008)
  • Chair, American Assocation for Cancer Research (2005 - 2006)
  • Member (03-06), Chair (07-08), USAMRDC Ovarian Cancer Research Program (2003 - 2008)
  • Committee on Experimental Medicine, Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) (2000 - -)
  • National Cancer Institute Board of Scientific Counselors(12/01/2007 - 12/31/2012)
  • Chair, USAMRDC (10/01/2011 - 10/03/2011)
  • Chair, Pacific Ovarian Cancer Research Consortium (NCI-SPORE funded) External Advisory Board (10/01/2001 - 12/31/2014)
  • Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (09/06/2011 - 09/09/2011)
  • USAMRDC Breast Cancer Research Program, Chair (08/01/2011 - 08/31/2011)
  • Chair, National Cancer Institute (03/17/2011 - 03/17/2011)
  • National Cancer Institute - SBIR Program (03/16/2009 - 03/16/2009)
  • Van Andel Institute Graduate School(01/01/2004 - 12/31/2011)

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