Microbiologist Teale inducted into Women's Hall of Fame
Dr. Judy Teale, professor in the department of microbiology, was one of 12 local women recently inducted into the San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame. A 1985 inductee, Dr. Mary Pat Moyer, clinical professor in the department of surgery and president and CEO of INCELL Corp., nominated her for the honor in the science/technology category.
"Dr. Teale is an outstanding scientist and educator," Dr. Moyer said. "She has a strong interest in mentoring students and particularly serves as an excellent role model for her female graduate students and postdoctoral fellows."
Dr. Teale was honored for her accomplishments in research and education, for career and professional activities, and volunteer work, for awards and honors received, and for her dedication to helping women scientists.
Dr. Teale is actively engaged in biomedical research with an emphasis on the immune system's response to infectious organisms. Some of her current work involves a parasite that infects the brain and causes neurocysticercosis, a disease that is a significant problem in Mexico and Central and South America. The incidence of the disease in San Antonio is increasing.
Her research has helped define the immune response as well as its contribution to symptoms of the disease. Her work is now supported by two grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and involves collaborations with Mexico and Colombia. She has received numerous awards for her research, including the highly prestigious NIH MERIT Award and selection to serve on several NIH groups and study sections.
In addition, she provides leadership to university organizations. She is chair-elect of the University Faculty Senate, past chair of the University Promotions and Tenure Committee, and past president of the Graduate Faculty Assembly. She also is active in community organizations such as the Leukemia Society of America, the American Cancer Society and the March of Dimes.
Despite her busy schedule, Dr. Teale takes time to mentor students and is currently chair of the Microbiology Committee on Graduate Studies. As an executive committee member and past vice president of the Women's Faculty Association, Dr. Teale sees to it that the association recognizes female students for their leadership skills. Her goal for this organization continues to be the creation of an on-campus child-care center.
In addition, she has been an active participant in the Health Science Center's master of science evening program in microbiology established by Dr. Steve Mattingly, professor in the department of microbiology. She volunteers to teach in the evenings so that schoolteachers can maintain their full-time positions while earning their degrees.
Dr. Teale earned her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1976, followed by six years of postdoctoral training at the Walter and Eliza Hall Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia, and more training at the Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in La Jolla, Calif. In 1983 she joined the Health Science Center as an assistant professor and was promoted to professor of microbiology in 1991.
"I am both honored and grateful to the many people who have touched my life including my mentors, colleagues, friends and family," Dr. Teale said.