Dr. Patricia Ward provides broad science leadership across the Museum’s exhibition work, leading creative teams of exhibit developers, designers, writers, and media producers. In her 18 years at the Museum, Dr. Ward has produced exhibitions on various science topics including genetics, health, energy and climate change and has been active in numerous outreach efforts including public symposia and workshops for teachers and pre-college students. She develops partnerships with universities and other organizations that synergize with the Museum’s efforts to bring current, relevant science content to the general public and school audiences. Recent exhibition projects include the award-winning Future Energy Chicago, YOU! The Experience and Extreme Ice.
Dr. Ward earned a Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Chicago and was a NIH post-doctoral fellow in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology at the University of Chicago before joining the Museum in 1999. She has published widely in the areas of tumor immunology, molecular genetics, and the cell biology of herpes simplex virus. She was a 2012 Noyce Leadership Institute Fellow and in 2013, was named a fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science.