Amy Ralston is the inaugural James K. Billman, Jr., M.D. Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Dr. Ralston leads a federally-funded research laboratory that seeks to identify the genetic and environmental causes of infertility and birth defects. Dr. Ralston is committed to promoting inclusive practices in science and in mentoring so as to increase diversity, and ameliorate public trust, in scientific research. In 2016, Dr. Ralston’s promise in research and outreach were recognized by President Barack Obama, who awarded her the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest award given by the White House to scientists at her level.
Through the Academic Advancement Network, Dr. Ralston will be mentored by Dr. Thomas Glasmacher, Founder and Director of MSU’s Facility for Rare Isotope Beams. Dr. Ralston is thrilled to pursue this unique and challenging new training experience.