Marian Young, PhD, who is a senior investigator and chief of the Molecular Biology of Bones and Teeth Section in NIDCR’s Division of Intramural Research, has been appointed the Division’s deputy scientific director.
In 1981, Young came to NIDCR as a postdoctoral fellow to work with George Martin, PhD, chief of the Lab of Craniofacial and Developmental Anomalies (LDBA) Branch. She then became staff fellow/tenure-track investigator in 1983 in the Mineralized Tissue Branch (MTB) led by John Termine, PhD. In 1990, Young became a tenured senior investigator of the Molecular Biology of Bones and Teeth Section in the MTB (future Craniofacial and Skeletal Diseases Branch led by Pam Robey, PhD) in 1990.
Young’s lab explores the mechanisms that control the function of extracellular matrix proteins found in the skeleton and teeth. She studies matrix components known as small leucine-rich proteoglycans (SLRPs) and has focused on mechanistic analysis of their unique roles in bones, teeth, cartilage, and tendon.
Young earned her PhD in 1981 from the University of Connecticut, Department of Genetics and Cell Biology, in the area of developmental biology. Her postdoctoral work in the LDBA Branch from 1981 to 1983 investigated the structure, function, and regulation of matrix genes made by cartilage tissue.
Young received an honorary doctorate from her undergraduate alma mater State University of New York (SUNY) at Oneonta in 1998. In 2012 she was awarded the NIH Directors Award for Mentorship and this year will receive the Stephen M. Krane Award from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research in recognition of outstanding achievements in basic, translational, or clinical research in inflammation and/or skeletal matrix biology.