Louise M. Canfield

Areas of Achievement: 
Higher Education

Honored By

Honored by: Sander, Eugene G.
Date submitted: October 24, 2006
Gift: Freestanding Bench

Dr. Louise Canfield is Professor of Biochemistry in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at the University of Arizona. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, she received a PhD in Biochemistry at Vanderbilt University followed by postdoctoral training at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Following her first appointment at West Virginia University College of Medicine she joined Texas A&M University in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences. While at Texas A&M she was Director of the University Honors Program and conducted a research program in carotenoid biochemistry. She joined the faculty of the University of Arizona in 1987.

The author of over 100 publications that include referred journals, reviews, book chapters, and technical reports, Dr. Canfield has been an invited speaker at numerous scientific meetings, seminars, and conferences in more than a dozen countries including S. Africa, China, Central America, and Australia. She has served on numerous national committees and panels, including NIH Study Sections, NSF, NRC and FDA panels, and several national editorial boards. She has chaired numerous national conferences and was a founding member of the International Society for Carotenoid Research. She is the recipient of numerous awards and her professional accomplishments are noted in American Men and Women of Science. She has received continuous extramural support throughout her career, from a variety of sources including the National Institute of Health, the American Institute of Cancer Research, The Thrasher Fund, and the International Life Sciences Institute. She has had a lifelong commitment to under served populations. For over 10 years she worked among indigenous populations in Central America and for the past five years has developed a large program focusing on cancer in Native Americans of the desert southwest.

One of her Native American students said the following about Louise Canfield: \"She is committed to issues larger than her own needs. She could have chosen an easier career path, but she is courageous and took on American Indian health disparities. She stands up for what she believes in, even when it is unpopular, even when people misunderstand why and what she is attempting to accomplish. She is a person with integrity and a person who loves humanity.\"

Dr. Canfield has taught in the medical school at the University of Arizona since 1987, is a Deans Teaching Scholar, has been the recipient of several teaching awards, and has developed a curriculum for Native American students. She has served as a College of Medicine admissions interviewer, a faculty advisor for student clubs, a member of numerous PhD and Masters advisory committees, a major professor for over a dozen postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, and currently serves as a faculty advisor for undergraduate students in the Department of Biochemistry.

Louise Canfield is married to Eugene Sander, has two married children, and two grandchildren. Louise is a wife, mother, biochemist, and college professor in that order. While an excellent scientist, she cares about her family and students first, believing that an excellent research experience is the ultimate way to provide high quality education. She manages her life in a manner that contributes to the success of all around her including her daughter, Kathy, a physician practicing in Texas; her son, Jay, who with his wife and family lives in California; and her husband, Gene, also a college professor and administrator who considers her to be the single most important person in his life.