Dr. Mary J.C. Hendrix received her BS degree in biology/pre-med from Shepherd College (now called Shepherd University) in 1974, her PhD in anatomy from George Washington University in 1977, and an honorary DSc in 1996 from Shepherd College. Dr. Hendrix was an NIH postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology from 1977 to 1980; assistant, associate and professor (and associate head) at the University of Arizona from 1980-1993 and served as an Arizona Disease Control Research Commissioner from 1985 to 1994. She was the Immuno-US Endowed Professor and director of the Pediatric Research Institute, St. Louis University School of Medicine and Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital from 1994-1996, prior to joining the faculty of The University of Iowa as the Leading Woman Scientist Endowment Recipient and head of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology in June 1996. She also served as the Kate Daum Research Professor, and associate director of basic research and deputy director for The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at The University of Iowa, for the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine from 1996-2004.
Currently, she serves as president and scientific director, and the Medical Research Institute Council Professor, for the Children’s Memorial Research Center at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is the US Editor of Pathology Oncology Research, and member of the editorial boards of Lymphatic Research & Biology, Developmental Dynamics, Cancer Biology and Therapy, Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, Cancer Research, The American Journal of Pathology, and Cancer Microenvironment. She is a past-president of FASEB (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) consisting of over 70,000 members, making it the largest coalition of biomedical research societies in the United States. She also serves on the National Institutes of Health’s Council of Councils, the board of directors for the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences, the National Cancer Institute Board of Scientific Advisors, the board of directors for Research!America, and the board of directors for the Chicago Council on Science & Technology. She has more than 200 publications in biomedical research, and is the recipient of a MERIT Award from the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Hendrix has been awarded the 2006 Henry Gray Award by the American Association of Anatomists that recognizes achievement and unique and meritorious contributions to the field of anatomical science, the 2006 Distinguished Woman Faculty Award from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and the 2007 Murray Barr Award from the University of Western Ontario.