Beatrice Mintz

American biologist

Beatrice Mintz (born January 24, 1921)[1] is an American embryologist who has helped to the understanding of genetic modification, cellular differentiation and cancer, particularly melanoma.[2]

Beatrice Mintz
Biologist Beatrice Mintz (cropped).jpg
Born (1921-01-24) January 24, 1921 (age 99)
NationalityUnited States
Alma materHunter College and University of Iowa
Known forMammalian transgenesis
AwardsGenetics Society of America Medal (1981)
Ernst Jung Gold Medal for Medicine (1990)
Pearl Meister Greengard Prize (2007)
March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology
Szent-Györgyi Prize for Progress in Cancer Research
Scientific career
FieldsEmbryology, Developmental biology
InstitutionsUniversity of Chicago
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Doctoral advisorEmil Witschi
InfluencedRudolf Jaenisch

Mintz was a pioneer of genetic engineering techniques, and was among the first scientists to generate both chimeric and transgenic mammals.[2]

Early lifeEdit

Mintz was born on January 24, 1921 in New York City. She studied at New York University and at the University of Iowa.

Awards and honorsEdit

In 1996 she shared the inaugural March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology with Ralph L. Brinster for their work in developing transgenic mice.[1] Much of her career has been spent at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia where, in 2002, she was named to the Jack Schultz Chair in Basic Science.[3] Mintz is a member of both the United States National Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Byers, Paula Kay (1998). Encyclopedia of World Biography: Mich-Orl. p. 49. ISBN 978-0-7876-2221-3.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bailey, Martha J. (1994). American Women in Science: A Biographical Dictionary. Abc-Clio Incorporated. p. 252. ISBN 978-0-87436-740-9.
  3. Alumni Fellows, 2002 Recipients, The University of Iowa

Other websitesEdit

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