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Dr. Judy Bolton

The Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Women has selected Judy L. Bolton, PhD, as the 2013 Woman of the Year. Dr. Bolton is a full Professor and Head, of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, and currently the only woman Head of a basic science department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Dr. Bolton was recruited to the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy at UIC as an Assistant Professor in 1994. She quickly was promoted to Associate Professor in 1998, followed by Full Professor in 2002. Only three years later in 2005, Dr. Bolton was offered the responsibility of Department Head. Under Dr. Bolton’s leadership, the Department has continuously been ranked among the top units at UIC in terms of sponsored research funding. The Department also has an impressive ranking nationally, among comparable departments in Pharmacy.

Dr. Bolton has dedicated her entire research career to women’s health with a particular focus on two important aspects of women’s health- mechanisms of hormonal carcinogenesis in breast cancer and natural alternatives to post-menopausal estrogen replacement therapy. Her career goals, which are centered around major issues that ultimately, impact all women who live to reach menopause. Dr. Bolton has over 130 peer-reviewed research publications, written nine book chapters, holds multiple NIH grants, and every year is actively sought after to speak at universities, both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Bolton has received national and university recognition for her many achievements. After only four year serving as an Assistant Professor at UIC, she was awarded a University Scholar award. She has also served as a leader within the UIC Cancer Center, by leading the Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention Program for 10 years, and served as a Research Director from 2004-2007. Dr. Bolton has also made laudable efforts to constantly work with women faculty on grant proposals that cross departments and disciplines.

Dr. Jerry Bauman, PharmD, FACC, FCCP, a dean and professor at UIC’s College of Pharmacy, nominated Dr. Bolton.  Dr. Bolton also received supporting nominations from Dr. Joanna Burdette, Dr. Gail Prins, and Dr. Joanna Frasor.

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