Helen Kim Bottomly is an immunologist and the former president of
Wellesley College, serving from August 2007 to July 2016. Bottomly
is the first scientist to become a president at Wellesley College.
2 Personal life
3.1 Yale University
3.2 President of Wellesley College
3.3 Journals, societies, and boards
Bottomly's interest in science began at a young age, conducting lab
experiments in her basement with her younger brothers. She attended
University of Washington
University of Washington (Seattle) and graduated in 1969 with a
degree in zoology. She then attended the University of Washington
School of Medicine, receiving her PhD in Biological Structure in 1975.
In 2008, Bottomly was named one of the University of Washington's 100
most remarkable alumni. She later did postdoctoral work in immunology
National Institutes of Health
National Institutes of Health from 1976 to 1979.
Helen Kim Bottomly was born in the rural outskirts of Helena, Montana
to Helen, a teacher and estate manager, and Forbes Bottomly, a naval
officer. She has two daughters, Hannah and Megan, a
step-daughter, Katherine, and two twin granddaughters with her first
husband, the late Charles Janeway. Bottomly is married to Wayne
Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of
Bottomly served on the
Yale University faculty from 1980 to 2007. At
Yale, Bottomly was a professor of immunobiology and spearheaded
research on the cellular and molecular causes of immune responses.
Specifically, her research has investigated human response to
allergens and why inhaled allergens lead to lung disease. Bottomly has
written more than 179 peer-reviewed articles and has lectured widely
at universities around the world. In 2005, she was appointed Deputy
Provost of Science, Technology, and faculty development. As Deputy
Provost, Bottomly led the university's policies surrounding natural
sciences, anthropology, psychology, statistics, and linguistics, and
was instrumental to the university's faculty diversity efforts and
efforts to recruit and retain women in the sciences and
underrepresented minorities in all fields. She also oversaw the
Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science, the Yale School of
Forestry & Environmental Studies, the Peabody Museum of Natural
History, the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies, and the Haskins
President of Wellesley College
In 2007, she was named and assumed the duties of the 13th president of
Wellesley College. Innovations made during Bottomly's presidency
include launching the acclaimed Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute
for Global Affairs, partnering with leading institutions of higher
education around the world to educate women leaders, and making
Wellesley the first liberal arts college to launch the online platform
EdX, which had previously been used by
Harvard University and
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Bottomly established a
collaboration with nearby colleges,
Olin College of Engineering
Olin College of Engineering and
Babson College, and initiated a large-scale renovation and renewal of
the college's historic buildings. Bottomly left her post at
Wellesley in July 2016, after making the decision to step down. In a
letter to the college community, she wrote:
There will never be an easy time to leave such a wonderful place, but
this is the right time for me. With robust financial and intellectual
resources in place, and with efforts to renew our celebrated campus
well underway, the college is strongly positioned to move forward. I
am confident that Wellesley will continue to build on this base to
achieve all the goals and aspirations of this remarkable college.
Journals, societies, and boards
Bottomly has been both editor and associate editor of the medical
journal, Immunity (journal), and a section editor and associate editor
of the Journal of Immunology. Professional societies that she is a
member of include the American Association for the Advancement of
Science, as well as the American Association of Immunologists, where
she has served on and chaired many elected and appointed committees.
For example, she has chaired the Committee on Status of Women of the
American Association of Immunologists and the Women's Committee of the
Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biologists, and has
been a member of the steering committee of Yale’s Women Faculty
She was elected to the 229th class of the prestigious honorary society
and center for policy research, the American Academy of Arts and
Sciences, in 2009.
Bottomly serves as an Institutional Trustee at WGBH, a public
television and radio station in Boston, Massachusetts.
While at Yale, Bottomly maintained a 16-person immunology laboratory
at the Yale School of Medicine. She pioneered research in the
physiological factors affiliated with allergic and asthmatic reactions
and served as the principal investigator for numerous grants from the
National Institutes of Health. In addition, she has served as a member
of the Immunobiology Study Section at the National Institutes of
Health, has been appointed to the Advisory Council of the National
Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and has been a recipient
of the very selective
National Institutes of Health
National Institutes of Health MERIT
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