Martha Furie – Woman in Stem, Editor-in-Chief, Past President of the ASIP and more!

Martha B. Furie, PhD

Martha B. Furie, PhD, is the first female Editor-in-Chief for The American Journal of Pathology (AJP). Dr. Furie is a professor of Pathology, and Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, as well as the Director of the Graduate Program in Genetics at Stony Brook University, in Stony Brook NY. Throughout her career, Dr. Furie has focused her research on immune interaction with bacterial pathogens including those that cause Lyme disease and tularemia.

Dr. Furie joined the American Society for Investigative Pathology in 1992, and shortly after became an editorial board member for AJP. In 2008, she took on the added responsibility of being an Associate Editor for the Journal, and in 2013 accepted the position of Senior Associate Editor. In 2018, Dr. Furie became the first woman Editor-in-Chief for the American Journal of Pathology. During this time Dr. Furie also served in many other capacities for ASIP: Program Chair for the annual meeting (2004-2006), Chair of the Education Committee (2006-2009), member of the ASIP Council (2006-2013), and ASIP President (2011-2012). Dr. Furie is the 14th Editor-in-Chief of AJP and the first woman to serve in the position since the Journal’s original inception in 1896 (then titled The Journal of the Boston Society of Medical Sciences).

See her interview discussing CALS experiences, the evolution of biology, and women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Then and now: Martha Furie ’74 and Chenab Khakh ’20 talk biology, CALS and women in STEM

Research at Cornell MARTHA: When I was here for undergrad, we science majors were busy! Can you believe that I had a three-hour chemistry lab at 8 a.m. on Saturdays? My career trajectory was shaped by my work in Dr. Adrian Srb’s lab, studying the genetics of a fungus, Neurospora crassa.