Sandra K Masur, PhD
- PROFESSOR | Ophthalmology
- ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR | Structural and Chemical Biology
Currently at ISMMS, Sandra K. Masur is the Director of the Office for Women’s Careers, chair of the Committee on Special Awards and Title IX Coordinator. She is the founding Director of the ISMMS Office for Women’s Careers and was Associate Dean for Faculty Development.
Dr. Masur’s research laboratory at Mount Sinai was funded for 35 years by the NIH first for investigation of hormonal control of membrane transport and later for studies of the molecular and cellular mechanisms of wound healing.
On the national level, Dr. Masur has been active in programs advancing faculty and scientists. She served as co-director of the National Eye Institute’s “Fundamental Issues in Vision Research” at the Marine Biology Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA (2001- 2010) and in strategic planning for Women in Science by the NIH Office for Research in Women’s Health (2010, 2014).
Her recent keynote talks and career development presentations at national meetings and academic centers have included “The XX Files: The Mystery of the Missing Women Professors”, "How to Negotiate For What You Need", “The Benefits of Climate Change: Global Warming at the Departmental Level”, “Juggling in Academic Medicine” and “A Postdoc’s Guide to Goal Setting & Time Management”.
Dr. Masur was elected to the governing council of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) and was chair of the Women in Cell Biology Committee of ASCB whose major objective is to provide opportunities and information useful to women and men in developing their careers in cell biology (Mol Biol Cell. 2013 Jan;24(2):57). In 2015 the ASCB established the Sandra K. Masur Senior Leadership award to honor individuals with exemplary achievements in cell biology and also are outstanding mentors.
She also served as President of the New York Society of Experimental Microscopy and co-chaired the Diversity Issues Committee for the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.
Multi-Disciplinary Training AreasBiophysics and Systems Pharmacology [BSP], Developmental and Stem Cell Biology [DSCB]
BA, The City College of New York
PhD, Columbia University
Faculty Council Academic Achievement Award
Women in Medicine Silver Achievement Award
Outstanding Woman Scientist
Lew R. Wasserman Merit Award
Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award (Basic Sciences)
Brotherhood Education Award
Dr Masur investigates questions of gender equity and the role of implicit bias in career development.
Great Meetings Require Great Speakers: Finding the Women Speakers You Need. . American Society for Cell Biology Newsletter 2015 December;.
Invisible Woman? . Trends in Cell Biology 2015; 25(8): 437-439.
Munson M, Weisz O. Juggling on the Ladder: Institutional Awards Help Faculty Overcome Early-Mid Career Obstacles. . American Society for Cell Biology Newsletter 2014 June;.
Hubbard AR, Bubulya P, Salas-Lopez D. Building Groups to Help Women Survive and Succeed. American Society for Cell Biology Newsletter 2014 October;.
Women in Cell Biology: A Seat at the Table and a Place at the Podium. Mol Biol Cell. 2013 January; 24(2): 57.
Wendland B. Maximal Mentoring: Take Turns Leading. . American Society for Cell Biology Newsletter 2013 April;.
Fixing the Leaky Pipeline: How to Increase the Number of Women Scientists and Physicians in Leadership Positions. American Society for Cell Biology Newsletter 2012 Jan-Feb;.
Leboy P. Are Women Bioscientists Avoiding Medical Schools?. American Society for Cell Biology Newsletter 2012 August;.
Schmid S, Carnes M, Goodenough U, Hopkins N, Leboy P, Valian V. A richer and more diverse future for cell biology. Mol Biol Cell 2010 November; 21(22): 3821-2.
Schmid S, Masur SK. Women in Cell Biology: Seize the Time! Better Time Management for More Productivity. American Society for Cell Biology Newsletter 2008 July;.
Schmid S, Masur SK. Women in Cell Biology: How to Have a Successful Postdoc Experience and Get a Good Job. American Society for Cell Biology Newsletter 2007 September;.
Schuster VL, Masur SK. Women in Cell Biology: How to Ask your Chair for a Raise. American Society for Cell Biology Newsletter 2006 July; 29(7): 20-21.