Martha Gray announced this week that she will be stepping down as Director of HST at the end of this academic year.

During the 12 years of Martha's leadership, HST has undergone several fundamental transformations. She turned a small, voluntary faculty into a structured and defined community of over 60 dedicated and bona-fide HST faculty members. She expanded HST's academic programs to include novel approaches to educating biomedical innovators, such as the Biomedical Enterprise Program (BEP) and the Graduate Education in Medical Science (GEMS) program. And she expanded HST's community by shepherding the creation HST's BioMatrix mentoring program, its Alumni Association, and its Advisory Board and Council.

One thing that all of these transformations have in common is an emphasis on building connections between people. Through her spirited and steady outreach, Martha personifies HST's philosophy that puts all professions and disciplines on, as she says, "equal footing." Because of her efforts, HST is now a community that holds tremendous potential for unexpected but also truly rewarding connections.

Martha will continue to work with HST as a faculty member, a scientist, a mentor, and a champion for HST's mission and initiatives.

We wish Martha well as she steps away from this most demanding and rewarding position.