Cell biologist receives high honor from Wound Healing Society

Author: Iqbal Pittalwala
May 17, 2021

The Wound Healing Society, or WHS, has bestowed its Distinguished Service Award to Manuela Martins-Green, a professor of cell biology at UC Riverside, for her outstanding contributions to the growth and development of the society. 


The award is given to a WHS scientist, physician, nurse, or administrator who has served the society for at least 10 years.

“Congratulations to Professor Martins-Green for her very well-deserved honor,” said Frances Sladek, divisional dean of life sciences in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. “She has made enormous contributions to wound-healing studies over the years and to the Wound Healing Society as well. UCR and the society are most fortunate to have her.”

Martins-Green became a wound healing biologist in 1990 and has been working in the field ever since. She has published more than 100 papers on the topic and reviewed proposals for several funding agencies, including the National Institutes of Health. She joined UCR in 1993.

An invited speaker at several meetings and conferences, Martins-Green has received numerous awards and honors, including the UCR Distinguished Service Award, the UCR Innovative Teaching Award, and the Oliver Johnson Award for Distinguished Leadership in the UC system-wide Academic Senate.

Her institutional service spans decades and includes serving as chair of the UCR Academic Senate; chair of the UCR Committee on Diversity and Equal Opportunity; chair of the Committee on Diversity and Equal Opportunity; chair of the all-UC Committee on Affirmative Action and Diversity; and chair of the UCR Department of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology.

Martins-Green is the holder of numerous patents and serves on the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed journals. Her lab studies normal healing, abnormal healing, inhibiting prostate cancer progression, and tissue engineering. She received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Lisbon in Portugal, a master’s degree in plant pathology at UCR, and a doctoral degree in zoology at UC Davis.

Founded in 1989, the WHS is a nonprofit organization composed of clinical and basic scientists and wound care specialists. Its mission is to improve wound healing outcomes through science, professional education, and communication.