Sandra Hewett, Ph.D.

Landis Award for Outstanding Mentorship
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Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Research in Dr. Hewett's lab focuses on elucidating the molecular and biochemical mechanisms by which post-ischemic inflammation contributes to the progression of acute neuronal injury with a focus on astrocyte-neuron interactions. Both in vitro and in vivo models of injury are employed, thereby taking a “molecules to mouse” and “mouse to molecules” approach to the scientific questions posed. Her mentoring philosophy, as well as trainee praise, reflected a passion for teaching the principles of rigorous science and commitment to supporting workforce diversity. A consistent message of her trainees was the support Dr. Hewett provided throughout their careers, as was as their appreciation of her strong mentorship towards the development of scientific communication skills, and cultivation of confidence for their own professional success.