Nancy Carrasco MD

Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology

Biographical Info

Nancy Carrasco received her M.D. and Masters in Biochemistry degrees from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and did her postdoctoral training at the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology. She joined the Department of Molecular Pharmacology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine as a faculty member in 1987 and the Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology at the Yale School of Medicine in 2011.

She is the recipient of the Pew Award in the Biomedical Sciences, the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Award, the Maria Sibylla Merian Award (Germany), the Merck Prize from the European Thyroid Association (Poland), the Marshall S. Horwitz Faculty Award (New York), and the Light of Life Award (New York), among others. She delivered the Rose Pitt-Rivers Lecture (Scotland) and the American Thyroid Association Plenary Lecture (Canada), and was named Coleman Fellow in the Life Sciences (Israel), among many other honors. Her research on the Na+/I- symporter (NIS), the key plasma membrane protein that mediates active iodide transport in the thyroid, lactating breast, and other tissues, ranges from biochemical, biophysical, and physiological investigations to translational studies.

Education & Training

National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) (1980)
National Autonomous University of Mexico (1980)
National Autonomous University of Mexico (1981)
National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) (1981)
UNAM, Centro de Investigacion en Fisiologia Celular (1978 - 1981)
Roche Institute of Molecular Biology, Biochemistry (1981 - 1986)

Honors & Recognition

  • Vice-chair, "Mechanisms of Membrane Transport" Gordon Research Conference
  • Marshall S. Horwitz Faculty Award for Research Excellence.
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine (2009)
  • Coleman Fellow in Life Sciences, Ben-Gurion University (Israel)
  • Peter F. Curran Lecture. Yale School of Medicine
  • Light of Life Award
  • Rose Pitt-Rivers Lecturer at the British Endocrine Society Meeting (Scotland)
  • Merck Prize (Poland)
    European Thyroid Association (2002)
  • Maria Sibylla Merian Award (Germany)
  • Chair of the Gordon Research Conference on "Membrane Transporters: Physiological and Pathological Implications"
  • Melini Award for Biomedical Excellence

Professional Service

  • (01/01/2011)
  • (01/01/2007)
  • Permanent Member, National Institutes of Health (01/01/1997 - 01/01/2001)
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer, National Institutes of Health (01/01/1993 - 01/01/1997)
  • Professional Member (ongoing), Biophysical Society
  • Professional Member (Ongoing), The American Thyroid Association
  • Professional Member (Ongoing), American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Professional Member (Ongoing), Endocrine Society

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