Mary recently retired as Executive Director for External Research at the Estee Lauder Companies, a position in which she was responsible for initiating and coordinating research collaborations between the EL company and academic institutions. The data and information generated by these programs are used to support internal basic science research projects, proof of principle, product development and consumer communication.
She received Master’s degrees in Human Nutrition (Drexel University and GSAS), a Ph.D. in Pharmacology, Nutrition and Cancer Cell Biology (GSAS Columbia University, NY) with research experience in dermatology as a postdoctoral fellow and faculty member (Columbia University, NY). She now consults with various companies and gives several lectures and talks yearly.
Mary has co-authored over 75 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and written or co-authored book chapters on topics such as “nutrition in aging”, photocarcinogenesis, sensitive skin, photoprotection in non-Caucasian skin, skin cancer prevention strategies, and most recently, “Biological Rhythms in the Skin”. She has lectured at the American Academy of Dermatology, The Photomedicine Society, the Chinese Academy of Dermatology, The International Pigment Cell Society, and the Society of Cosmetic Chemists. Topics have included pollution effects on human skin, antioxidant photoprotection, treatment of hyperpigmentation, sleep and skin aging, ethnic differences in skin aging, and the effects of computer use on skin health. She is co-inventor on a number of patents