Lisa Taneyhill

Dr. Lisa Taneyhill received her B.A. in Chemistry and Biochemistry from McDaniel College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University. Dr. Taneyhill then pursued postdoctoral training at the California Institute of Technology, where she was supported by a National Research Service Award from the NIH and was also one of the first recipients of the NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award. Dr. Taneyhill joined the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences at the University of Maryland as an Assistant Professor in October 2007, became a tenured Associate Professor in 2015, and was promoted to Full Professor with tenure in 2019. Dr. Taneyhill’s research explores the molecular and cellular mechanisms underscoring the development of the cranial ganglia, which are multicellular tissues that transmit sensory information from the head back to the brain. Dr. Taneyhill has been consistently funded throughout her career by the NSF, NIH, and the American Cancer Society, and has received numerous accolades, including the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Junior Faculty, Outstanding Faculty Advisor, and Outstanding Faculty Educator Awards. She is the author of 47 peer-reviewed publications and is a member of the Editorial Board of the journals Developmental Dynamics and Frontiers in Physiology. Dr. Taneyhill served on the National Academy of Science’s Committee on Gene Drive Research in Non-Human Organisms: Recommendations for Responsible Conduct, where she was responsible for briefing Congress and the White House on the Academy’s report. She is the recent past Secretary of the Society for Craniofacial Genetics and Developmental Biology and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Association for Anatomy. Dr. Taneyhill is also the Vice-Chair and Chair-elect of the Gordon Research Conference on Neural Crest and Cranial Placodes.  She is the Vice-President of the University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and is the Chair of the University Research Council.