NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Karen Schindler, a Piscataway resident and a professor of genetics at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has received the inaugural Excellence in Science Award–Early-Career Investigator
from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.
The Excellence in Science Awards recognize women whose outstanding career achievements in
biological science have contributed significantly to the understanding of a particular discipline.
Previously awarded to one honoree each year, two new Excellence in Science Awards
recognizing early and mid-career women scientists were introduced for the 2020 awards cycle.
Schindler will receive a $5,000 research grant.
At Rutgers, Schindler focuses on the causes and consequences of female infertility. She and her
team study the process of cell division that produces eggs and sperm—and why it can go awry.
The lab also analyzes the DNA of women who have undergone in vitro fertilization treatment,
with an eye towards identifying genes and mutations that could result in faulty eggs.
The Federation noted that Schindler's scientific achievements are reflected in both publications
and ability to procure extramural research support.
"Dr. Schindler’s funding success has also translated to her students, with six undergraduates
receiving internal research funding, a graduate student receiving an F31 fellowship, and a
postdoctoral scholar receiving a New Jersey Cancer Commission fellowship," the Federation
said in a statement released Wednesday.
At Rutgers, she also established a monthly “germ cell interest group” that provides a forum for
faculty and trainees to engage in a research dialogue. She is active with the Rutgers Office for
the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics, establishing the “Faculty
Leading Change” program, monthly meetings of women faculty to address areas needing
Schindler has mentored 18 undergraduate students, two PhD students, and two Masters students.
At the time of nomination, she was the author of 31 peer reviewed manuscripts, three invited
reviews, and two book chapters.
A resident of Piscataway since 2012, Schindler lives with her husband, Brendan Maher, and their
twin 5-year-old sons.
For more information on Schindler and the other award winners, click here.