Interested in biochemistry since college, Diana Beattie dedicated her career to advancing the field. She started her journey by earning a Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College in 1956, followed by a Master of Science and a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in 1958 and 1961, respectively. Dr. Beattie remained with her graduate alma mater after graduation, serving as a research associate from 1961 to 1967. She subsequently accepted positions such as research associate in the VA Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, faculty and biochemistry professor at the Mount School of Medicine (now the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai), and professor and chair of the Department of Biochemistry at the West Virginia University School of Medicine. Her last role before retiring in 2006 was chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at the West Virginia University School of Medicine.
When Dr. Beattie wasn’t working, she was striving to expand her reach. She spent a year as the dean of the undergraduate campus at Oman Medical College in Muscat, Oman, as well as a year as a visiting professor at The Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium, the University of Nairobi in Kenya, and Shandong University in China. Dr. Beattie also served as a member of the Physical Biochemistry Study Section of the National Institutes of Health, the Metabolic Biology Panel of the National Science Foundation, and the editorial board of the Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics. She remains a contributor to the Journal of Bioenergetics to this day.
As a testament to Dr. Beattie’s hard work and dedication, she was honored with the Metropolitan Award from the New York Chapter of the Association for Women in Science, a Fulbright fellowship, a Fogarty International fellowship, and grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of health. Her achievements were highlighted in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Who’s Who in American Education, and Who’s Who of American Women. If she could offer some advice to the younger generations, it would be to continuously read literature and materials on developments in the field. Staying up to date is important, especially in the sciences.
In Dr. Beattie’s free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and skiing.