Nancy Andrews (biologist)

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Nancy C. Andrews
Born (1958-11-29) November 29, 1958 (age 58)
Nationality American
Fields Biology
Institutions Duke University School of Medicine
Alma mater Yale University, Harvard Medical School, M.I.T.
Doctoral advisor David Baltimore
Other academic advisors Joan Steitz
Known for iron deficiency
This article is about the American biologist. For the American photographer, see Nancy Lee Andrews.

Nancy C. Andrews (born November 29, 1958) is an American biologist noted for her research on iron homeostasis. Andrews is currently Dean of the Duke University School of Medicine.[1]


Andrews grew up in Syracuse, New York.[1] She earned a B.S. and M.S. from Yale University. She began her graduate studies with Joan Steitz at Yale University, studying molecular biophysics and biochemistry, before transferring to work with David Baltimore, earning an M.D.-Ph.D. at Harvard Medical School and M.I.T. (1985).[1] She completed her postdoctoral work with Stuart Orkin at Children's Hospital Boston.

Andrews then joined the faculty at Harvard University in 1991, assuming an endowed chair in 2003, a position at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and a position as Dean for Basic Sciences and Graduate Studies at Harvard Medical School. In 2007, Andrews left to take a position as the first female Dean of Medicine at Duke University.[1][2] In this position, she is the only woman heading any of the top ten medical schools in the U.S.[1][3]

Andrews studied treatments for and molecular processes governing iron disease, such as anemia (iron deficiency) and hemochromatosis.[4]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to fellow biologist Bernard Mathey-Prevot with whom she has two children, Camille and Nicolas. She is the great granddaughter of New York Court of Appeals Judge William Shankland Andrews and Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews, and also a direct descendant of Charles Andrews and Frederic Dan Huntington.

Significant papers[edit]

  • Hentze MW, Muckenthaler M and Andrews NC. Balancing acts: molecular control of mammalian iron metabolism. Cell 2004; 117:285-97.[5]
  • Huang FW, Pinkus JL, Pinkus GS, Fleming MD and Andrews NC. Journal of Clinical Investigation 2005; 115:2187-91.[5]
  • Lim J, Jin O, Bennett C, Morgan K, Wang F, Trenor CC 3rd, Fleming MD and Andrews NC. Nature Genetics 2005; 37:1270-3.[5]
  • Babitt JL, Huang FW, Wrighting DM, Xia Y, Sidis Y, Samad TA, Campagna JA, Chung RT, Schneyer AL, Woolf CJ, Andrews NC, Lin HY. Bone morphogenetic protein signaling by hemojuvelin regulates hepcidin expression. Nature Genetics 2006; 38:531-9.[5]




  1. ^ a b c d e Duke University, "Harvard Physician-Scientist Named Dean of Duke University School of Medicine", August 27, 2007
  2. ^ "Duke Taps First Woman To Lead Medical School", Wall Street Journal, Aug. 28, 2007.
  3. ^ "Andrews Makes History at Duke Med School", Interview with Dr. Nancy Andrews, NPR, Sept. 2, 2007 (Andrews discusses "the challenges facing women in medicine and where medical education is headed").
  4. ^ "Iron Exporter Revealed That May Explain Common Human Disorder", ScienceDaily, Mar. 31, 2005.
  5. ^ a b c d "Nancy C. Andrews research overview", Key Publications, Children's Hospital.
  6. ^ "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter A" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 

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