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Dina Greene, PhD

Dina Greene, PhD

2020 Outstanding Scientific Achievements by a Young Investigator

About 20 years ago, in a college course listed as Prokaryotic Cells, Dr Greene was assigned general reading from a book titled “The Physiology and Biochemistry of Prokaryotes”. During that reading, she developed the intuitive sense that she would spend the majority of her adult life deciphering complicated scientific phenomena. Her intuition was correct and guided her into the world of basic sciences, where she established her foundation in biochemistry and enzymology. With her PhD completed, she knew she wanted to translate this knowledge into a field that had direct relation to patient care. She found herself turning to laboratory medicine, where she began by completing a Clinical Chemistry fellowship under the mentorship of Dr David Grenache at the University of Utah. Over the last 10 years, she has published over 80 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters related to the field. She has honed her research efforts into evaluating the roles that sex and gender play on healthcare experiences, particularly as they relate to the laboratory, which has allowed her to bolster medical care for people who are transgender and gender non-conforming. The ability to transform patient care for populations who have historically been marginalized is an incredible opportunity that Dr Greene hopes to incorporate into her translational research for the remainder of her career.