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Pamela Fraker

Pamela Fraker

Pamela J. Fraker is professor emeritus at Michigan State University.[1] In 2007 she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the first woman from MSU to be so honored.[2] She retired as distinguished professor of biochemistry and molecular biology in May 2012, after 39 years.[3]

Early life

She grew up in Williamsport, Indiana. Despite neither of her parents having high school diplomas, Fraker was encouraged to pursue her education.[4]


She attended Purdue University, starting in 1962, studying biology. She studied under microbiologist Samuel Kaplan at the University of Illinois, Champaign.[4] Fraker earned her PhD at the University of Illinois in 1971.[2][4]


Fraker was the lead scientist of two studies investigating the physiological factors that influence the immune system, in particular the discovery of an appetite-controlling hormone and the relationship between metabolism, the immune system and the neuroendocrine system.[5]


  1. "A Generous Spirit: Pam Fraker". The Leelanau Conservancy. 2018-06-13. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  2. University, Michigan State. "First MSU woman elected to National Academy of Sciences". MSUToday. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  3. "Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2013 Alumni Newsletter" (PDF). Issuu. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  4. Davis, T. H. (2012-10-01). "Profile of Pamela J. Fraker". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 109 (42): 16754–16755. Bibcode:2012PNAS..10916754D. doi:10.1073/pnas.1215646109. ISSN 0027-8424. PMC 3479528. PMID 23027978.
  5. "What Does And Doesn't Affect Immune System". ScienceDaily. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
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