Judith Kimble is Vilas Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an Investigator in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1971, worked for two years at the University of Copenhagen Medical School doing research and teaching histology and then received her Ph. D. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1978.
She was a postdoctoral fellow at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England, and moved to the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an Assistant Professor in 1983. Her position with HHMI began in 1994, and in 2001, she was awarded a Vilas Professorship, one of the highest honors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kimble was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1995 and to the American Philosophical Society in 2002. She has received numerous honors and awards and has served the biomedical research community in various capacities. She served as President of both the Genetics Society of America and the of the Society for Developmental Biology.
Her election to the Council of the National Academy of Sciences in 2008 led to membership on the NRC Committee for Science, Engineering and Public Policy (COSEPUP) and further involvement in policy. Most recently, she organized a workshop at UW Madison “Rescuing Biomedical Research from its Systemic Flaws: Strategies and Pathways Ahead”, including cross-campus discussions leading up to the workshop that engaged biomedical researchers ranging from Ph.D students and postdocs to deans and emeriti and ranging from basic to clinical scientists.