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Vivianne Thimann Nachmias

Vivianne Thimann Nachmias, American cell biologist, educator. Achievements include discovery of motile proteins in amdboid cells, proof that myosin is present in such cells; co-discovery of major actin sequestering protein in human platelets and proof of its identity; research on cytoskeletal function in several cell types; lectures in histology, embryology, cell biology.

Background

  • Nachmias, Vivianne Thimann was born on December 11, 1931 in Pasadena, California, United States. Daughter of Kenneth Vivian and Ann Mary (Bateman) Thimann.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Swarthmore College, 1952. Master of Arts, Radcliffe University, 1953. Doctor of Medicine, University Rochester, 1957.

    Career

    • National Science Foundation fellow Radcliffe College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1952-1953. National Institutes of Health fellow University Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1957-1959, research associate, 1961-1965, associate professor, 1973-1982, professor anatomy, 1982-1990, professor cell and development biological, 1990-1998, professor emeritus, since 1998. Visiting assistant professor Haverford (Pennsylvania) College, 1966, assistant professor, 1969-1973.

      Member cell biology study section National Institutes of Health, Washington, 1976-1980, member biological II study section, since 1995. Visiting scientist Medical Research Council Unit for Molecular Biology, Cambridge, England, 1968-1969. Sabbatical Stanford (California) University, 1986.

      Member physiological process panel National Science Foundation, Washington, 1991-1993. Director Cell Biol 600.

    Major achievements

    • Achievements include discovery of motile proteins in amdboid cells, proof that myosin is present in such cells. Co-discovery of major actin sequestering protein in human platelets and proof of its identity. Research on cytoskeletal function in several cell types.

      Lectures in histology, embryology, cell biology.

    Works

    • Member editorial board Journal Cell Biology, 1981-1984. Contributor chapters to books, articles to journals including Journal Molecular Biology, Journal Cell Biology, Journal Biological Chemistry.

    Membership

    Chair children's scholarship committee University City Arts League. Chair education committee Court Communications Association, board directors. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science.

    Member American Society Cell Biology (council 1978-1981, public policy committee 1986-1988, constitution and bylaws committee 1990-1992), Electron Microscopy Society, Biophysics Society.

    Connections

    • Married Jacob Nachmias, February 19, 1955. Children: Lisa Nachmias Davis, Sarah.
    • father: Kenneth Vivian Thimann
    • mother: Ann Mary (Bateman) Thimann
    • spouse: Jacob Nachmias
    • children: Lisa Nachmias Davis Nachmias
    • Sarah Nachmias
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    Born December 11, 1931
    Nationality
    • 1952
      Swarthmore College
    • 1953
      Radcliffe University
    • 1957
      University Rochester
    • 1952 - 1953
      National Science Foundation fellow, Radcliffe College
      Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
    • 1957 - 1959
      National Institutes of Health fellow, University Pennsylvania
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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