In memoriam: Maria C. Linder
Maria C. Linder, a dedicated scientist and mentor at California State University, Fullerton, died Sept. 25, 2022 after a stroke at age 83. She had been a member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology since 1984.
Linder was born Sept. 26, 1938 and raised in New York City. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Harvard University and then completed her postdoctoral training at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1977, she joined the faculty at California State University, Fullerton in the field of nutritional biochemistry.
During her research career, Linder published more than 125 articles and two books. She made major contributions to the field of copper and iron metabolism, transport and storage during homeostasis and disease.
Linder won more than $12 million in competitive grants over the years and received numerous accolades. In 2007, she received the California State University system’s Wang Family Excellence Award. She was also awarded the 1993 American Chemical Society Award for Research at an Undergraduate Institution and was recognized as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
In addition to her research career, Linder prioritized teaching, mentoring and outreach.
“I’m proud of my own research accomplishments, as well as the work of my students,” Linder said in 2017 when she was recognized for 40 years of service to the university. “It’s been rewarding to be a mentor and interact with the wonderful young people entering the sciences — and to help them achieve their goals.”
Linder is survived by her husband Gordon, stepson Eric, sister Renate, niece Amanda and four grandchildren.
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