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Dr. Lund Receives 2016 Distinguished Mentor Award

May 22, 2016

P. Kay Lund, PhD, receives first of two Distinguished Mentor Awards during DDW® 2016.

AGA bestows the first of two Distinguished Mentor Awards to P. Kay Lund, PhD. Dr. Lund has a holistic approach to mentoring and has fostered the success of creative and rigorous scientists, many of whom hold leadership roles in both academia and industry. As a long-standing, exceptional mentor, educator and innovator, as well as a renowned scientist, her accomplishments and credentials transcend any one field to encompass gastroenterology, physiology, biochemistry and genetics. 

Dr. Lund sets an example with the rigor of her scientific method, enthusiasm for camaraderie and lust for life. Her dedication to helping others succeed is demonstrated in just about all of her accomplishments. She recently accepted a position as the inaugural director of the NIH Division of Biomedical Research Workforce. The purpose of the program is to guide NIH’s training and development of a well-prepared biomedical workforce at every career stage. 

Scientifically, Dr. Lund has made several seminal contributions, including cloning insulin-like growth factor I and demonstrating its pattern of expression and roles in the brain and the gut in diseases like IBD. Beyond her role as a scientist and researcher who makes great strides, it is clear that Dr. Lund especially shines serving as a mentor and role model, making young investigators a priority and considering it an honor and responsibility to participate in their career development. 

Dr. Lund’s wisdom, brilliance, insightfulness and selfless attitude in wanting to move the field forward and help her trainees succeed make her beloved by many in the field. In 2008, she received the University Award for the Advancement of Women at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (UNC); in 2012, the Research Mentor Award from the AGA Hormones, Transmitters, Growth Factors & Their Receptors Section; and in 2015, the Horace W. Davenport Distinguished Lectureship Award from the American Physiological Society. Dr. Lund’s service continues beyond research and mentorship to dedication to her field. She has served on the AGA Public Policy Committee and AGA Research Policy Committee (twice); as a member of the AGA Council Regulatory Peptides, Cell Signaling and Molecular Biology Section and the Hormones, Transmitters, Growth Factors and Receptors Section; and on the AGA Task Force on Graduate Student Development.

Dr. Lund is passionate about training the next generation of future basic and clinical scientists, and is nationally renowned as a wonderful mentor to undergraduate students, research technicians, PhD graduate students, medical students, residents, postdoctoral researchers and early-stage faculty investigators. She has been the primary mentor for more than 30 PhD/MD post-doctoral fellows and 22 pre-doctoral students. Her trainees have a 100 percent success rate in their applications for extramural mentored research grants from NIH or private foundations. Her mentoring style fosters creativity, cutting-edge research using innovative technology, independence and scientific integrity. Further, she coaches on practical skills on which to build a successful career, such as laboratory management, personnel development, ethical conduct of research and grantsmanship. Of particular interest to Dr. Lund is being a champion of minority populations, and she is a strong advocate for the success of women in science, mentoring an impressive number of female trainees and serving on steering committees and advisory boards to help set the example and provide inspiration. Dr. Lund goes above and beyond to ensure the happiness, well-being and continued success of her trainees by encouraging creative solutions to achieving work-life balance. 

Dr. Lund began at the University of Newcastle, England, earning an undergraduate degree in physiology and a PhD in gastrointestinal endocrinology. Her postdoctoral training in molecular endocrinology and molecular biology took her to Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, both in Boston, MA, where she remained as an instructor in medicine, before moving to UNC. She held numerous professorships and leadership positions at UNC, such as the Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology with joint appointments in pediatrics and nutrition.

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