Mandë Holford

Dr. Mandë Holford is as an Associate Professor in Chemistry at Hunter College and CUNY-Graduate Center, with scientific appointments at the American Museum of Natural History and Weill Cornell Medicine. Her joint appointments reflect her interdisciplinary research, which goes from mollusks to medicine, combining chemistry and biology to discover, characterize, and deliver novel peptides from venomous marine snails as tools for manipulating cellular physiology in pain and cancer. Her laboratory investigates the power of venom to transform organisms and lives when it is adapted to create novel therapeutics for treating human diseases and disorders.


Year of Birth: Year of the Lion

Hometown: New York City, USA

Education: NYC all the way… PhD, Rockefeller University, BS, City University of New York, Brooklyn Technical High School

Occupation: Scientist, Venom Scientist specifically

Expeditions: Snail collections in Papua New Guinea, Panama, Costa Rica, Mozambique, Abu Dhabi, and more. Sand Surfing in Atacama Desert, Abu Dhabi, Dubai. Moon walks and Mars flyovers via the AMNH planetarium. Pyramids of Egypt via Virtual Reality (need to do it for real).

Favorite Place to Be: With family and friends eating ice-cream and drinking wine.

Best Discoveries: New species of terebrid snails and new authors to read

Favorite Items in the Field: snorkel mask, GPS unit, collection map, a good cook

Personal Heroes: My parents and anyone who takes a chance in search of something better.

Hobbies: Collecting old science equipment, travel, occasionally knitting, occasionally writing, wine, cheese, and bread always.