Ann Mirabile Lees received her B.A. in Political Science from Wellesley College, and her M.D. from Harvard Medical School. Following a year in London, where her husband, Robert, was a fellow at the National Heart Hospital, she returned to the U.S. to do research in lipid metabolism at the National Heart Institute of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. Another move occurred when her husband joined the Rockefeller University in Manhattan. During that period, Ann remained at home with their young children. One more move brought her back to the Boston area, where she has remained ever since. After the youngest of her four children entered nursery school, Ann joined her husband at the MIT Clinical Research Center, where she, along with many essential colleagues, focused on the basic causes of atherosclerosis. The work was also carried out at the New England Deaconess Hospital, and finally at the Boston Heart Foundation, a non-profit clinical and research organization set up by her husband, with her help. Their research culminated in the discovery of atherin, a previously un-known protein in the artery wall, which Ann was given the privilege of naming. She is the first author on a patent involving atherin, a key player in the formation of plaques in arteries. Ann and her family have had a house on Martha’s Vineyard for over thirty years and frequent it in all seasons. Her poems, often inspired by the island, have appeared in several Vineyard publications, as well as the Harvard Extension School literary magazine. In addition to writing, her activities include kayaking, walking her dog Chloe, visiting her five grandchildren, and traveling.
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