It is with great sadness that we announce that Heidi Scrable, Ph.D., passed away on Feb. 13 after a prolonged battle with an illness. Dr. Scrable has served as the Division Chair of the Division of Experimental Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Mayo Clinic since 2010. More information about funeral arrangements will be communicated as details become available.
Dr. Scrable joined Mayo Clinic in 2009 as a Senior Associate Consultant and was promoted to Associate Professor of Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic in 2010. She was an active researcher and had two active Federal research grants. Dr. Scrable had a distinguished career in cell biology and she made several seminal contributions in the field of aging, stem cells and cancer. Dr. Scrable leaves a large and influential body of scientific work. She was one of the top researchers in the field of P53 signaling and was instrumental in developing the idea of the dual role of P53 in aging and cancer. Her work was the starting point for a hypothesis that is now well accepted and has led to further investigation in laboratories all across the globe.
Originally educated in music at Florida State University, Dr. Scrable earned two doctorates, the first in musicology from Florida State and the second in experimental medicine from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. She also completed two postdoctoral fellowships in genetics, the first at the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research and the second at the National Neurofibromatosis Foundation. Throughout her career, Dr. Scrable authored more than 40 peer-reviewed articles and participated in more than 60 invited presentations and visiting professorships. She was an influential mentor to countless students and colleagues. Dr. Scrable was also active as an editorial advisory board member for the American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism, and a reviewer for more than 25 other publications and journals.
Dr. Scrable had an amazing life and career and we should feel blessed to have been her friend and colleague.