Laura L. Mays Hoopes
Professor of Biology and Molecular Biology,
Pomona College, Claremont, CA 91711
Laura Hoopes received the AB from Goucher College in biological sciences. She received an NSF Graduate Fellowship for her PhD from Yale University and an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship for work at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation and at University of Colorado Medical School. In 1973, she joined the faculty at Occidental College and rose through the ranks there until 1993, when she moved to Pomona College as VP for academic affairs and dean of the college; she served in that capacity until 1998 when she returned to the faculty.
Laura wrote a text book published by Macmillan in 1984, called Genetics: A Molecular Approach, advised Salem Press on the development of a life sciences encyclopedia, and has published over 40 articles in refereed scientific journals, along with several review articles and policy papers. Laura was President of the American Aging Association in the 70's. Laura also served as the national President of the Council on Undergraduate Research in 1991-2, during the time when it opened itself for membership. She also served various functions for the Gerontological Society Biological Sciences Section, and the American Society for Microbiology, Division X. In 1993, she was appointed to the Biology Advisory Committee of the National Science Foundation, where she served for 5 years. During that time, she co-chaired the Task Force on Education with Marvalee Wake from UC Berkeley. She was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1995. She also received an honorary degree from Goucher College in 1995. In 2005, she went to visit multi purpose nature reserves in China via a grant from the Avery Foundation/ICF through Pomona College. She and her husband Mike spent three weeks in China and learned so much it will take years to assimilate it all. Laura Hoopes has had research grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, Research Corporation, and the American Foundation for Aging Research, and has ongoing collaborations with undergraduate student researchers today funded by NSF and NIH, studying the molecular basis of aging and how the aging clock can be reset. She is currently working with the Genome Consortium for Active Teaching started by Malcolm Campbell and Mary Lee Ledbetter. She has taken a leadership role in developing summer workshop to help professors at primarily undergraduate institutions learn to successfully use microarrays with their students in classes and research experiments.