Barbara Osborne, PhD Appointed Distinguished Professor

Barbara Osborne

Barbara Osborne has been appointed a Distinguished Professor by the UMass Board of Trustees.

 “Professor Osborne’s accolades for her research contributions are extensive. Most notably, she has been a pioneer in her research field, where she conducted innovative studies that used cutting- edge technologies and that were published in premier journals, including Nature, Nature Immunology, Blood, and the Journal of Immunology. She has also made significant contributions through translational research. She co-founded a successful company that engineered cattle that could be used for large-scale production of human immunoglobulins. On campus, she has contributed her extensive expertise in foundational and translational research to the establishment of the Institute of Applied Life Sciences. The impact of her research is reflected in her extensive publication record, which encompasses more than 125 articles that have been cited over 15,000 times, giving her a stellar h-index of 51. She has supported her research through NIH grants continuously since joining UMass, attracting over $39M in external funding.

External reviewers cite her extraordinary contributions and the significant impact of her research. One reviewer states: ‘Dr. Osborne is one of the foremost immunologists in the U.S. and the world. She has made seminal contributions to the biology of B- and T-cells that have been published in over 100 high-impact papers. Her contributions to the biology of Notch signaling in the immune system are second to none.” Her preeminence as a scholar in the research community was noted by all external reviewers, two of whom stated “Professor Osborne is clearly one of the world leaders in lymphocyte/T-cell biology and her elucidation of the role of Notch signaling in control of various T helper cell populations is a remarkable scientific feat.” and “She is nationally and internationally recognized because of the far- reaching effects of her research, especially in the areas of T cells and Notch signaling.

Professor Osborne has taught extensively at the undergraduate and graduate level. She led the creation of undergraduate courses in biotechnology. At the graduate level, she has directed the interdisciplinary graduate program in Molecular and Cellular Biology. She has also trained and mentored a large number of Ph.D., M.S., and Honors students and postdoctoral fellows in her lab. This contribution to education was noted by external reviewers: “Her graduate students, many of whom I have personally interacted with, have gone on to some of the best laboratories in the country.” and “I have always had enormous respect for Dr. Osborne’s teaching and interest in providing an outstanding scholarly but friendly environment for students and post- doctoral fellows in training.’”