Dr. Fanning passed away on September 1, 2013.
Dr. Fanning was the Stevenson Professor of Molecular Biology in the Department of Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University. She received her B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her doctorate in virology from the University of Cologne, Germany. Before working at Vanderbilt, she was an assistant professor of molecular genetics at the University of Konstanz, a visiting professor in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, and a professor and acting chair at the Institute for Biochemistry at the University of Munich.
Dr. Fanning was on the editorial board of the Journal of Virology and wrote reviews for several journals, including the Journal of Molecular Biology, Gene, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Science. She was elected a member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation, and she was a member of the Shaw Scholar Scientific Advisory Board of the Milwaukee Foundation Corporation as well as the German Science Foundation Peer Review Board, Priority Program on Functional Architecture of the Cell Nucleus. In addition, she was Associate Director of the National Institutes of Health Training Grant of Viruses, Nucleic Acids, and Cancer. She received a Distinguished Faculty Presentation at Vanderbilt University in 2001.