Meet the Four Wise Women for 2019

BioHouston celebrates women’s science excellence at Jan. 18 event

HOUSTON--()--Four Houston high-achievers earned top honors as the 2019 Women in Science with Excellence (WISE) honorees, BioHouston announced today. The award recognizes women in science-related roles who have made significant contributions in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

The 2019 honorees are:

          Maria Elena Bottazzi, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital
Sharon Dent, Ph.D., The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Vicki Hollub, Occidental Petroleum

Marcia O’Malley, Ph.D., Rice University


“For the past 10 years, BioHouston’s WISE awards program has turned the spotlight on the high level of STEM talent in the region,” said Ann Tanabe, Chief Executive Officer for BioHouston. “The latest group of honorees joins an elite roster of women that includes astronauts, world-renowned medical researchers, educators and inventors. Many of our honorees blazed trails that opened up new career options for women.”

Brief bios of the 2019 WISE honorees are below. Their stories will be told at length during the 10th Annual WISE Luncheon at River Oaks Country Club on Friday, January 18, 2019.

The event is chaired by Margaret Kripke, Ph.D., a 2011 WISE honoree. “The stories of our honorees are always inspiring,” said Kripke. “These are women leaders who have reached positions of influence within their disciplines. They are eager to share their experiences – the challenges and the successes – so that the next generation of women in STEM-related fields can see that the rewards are worth the work.”

Tickets: To purchase tickets for the 10th Annual WISE Awards Luncheon please visit or contact Elizabeth Wellington,

Event and sponsorship information: Contact Elizabeth Wellington,, 713-979-9106 direct.

About BioHouston Inc: BioHouston Inc. is a non-profit tax-exempt [501(c)(3)] corporation founded by Houston area academic and research institutions. Its leaders and members [] work to establish the Houston region as a global competitor in life science and biotechnology commercialization.


Maria Elena Bottazzi, Ph.D.
Dr. Bottazzi is Associate Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine and Professor, Department of Pediatrics (Tropical Medicine) and Molecular Virology and Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital.

Sharon Dent, Ph.D.
Dr. Dent is the J. Ralph Meadows Chair, Department of Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis and Director of the Virginia Harris Cockrell Cancer Research Center at the Science Park campus of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Vicki Hollub
Ms. Hollub is President and CEO of Occidental Petroleum, an international oil and gas exploration company with operations in the U.S., Middle East and Latin America. In 2016, she became the first woman CEO of a major U.S. oil and gas company.

Marcia O’Malley, Ph.D.
Dr. O’Malley is the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Professor of Computer Science, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Advisor to the Provost at Rice University.


Ann Tanabe, 713-874-9300


Ann Tanabe, 713-874-9300