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IU Northwest mourns the loss of IUSM-NW Professor Nancy Mangini, Ph.D.

Mangini served the medical school for 14 years

Friday Sep 19, 2014

Indiana University School of Medicine - Northwest regretfully announced this week the passing of Nancy Mangini, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology. Mangini, a resident of Forest Park, Ill., passed away Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

Visitation is planned for 3 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 21 at Zimmerman-Harnett Funeral Home, located at 7319 W. Madison St. in Forest Park, Ill.  The funeral begins at 9:15 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22 to St. Bernardine Catholic Church where Mass will take place at 10 a.m. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

Mangini, 64, formerly of Worcester, Mass., came to IUSM-NW in 2000 from the University of Illinois at the Chicago College of Medicine. She was promoted to full professor at IUSM-NW with tenure in 2009.

Mangini taught pharmacology to first-year medical students and collaborated with the IU Northwest faculty, primarily in biology and chemistry.

Among her most notable achievements is the publication of her work in Science Magazine in December 0f 2005. The article, “SLC24A5, a Putative Cation Exchanger, Affects Pigmentation in Zebrafish and Humans,” which she co-authored, explored the commonalities between the development of pigment in humans and zebrafish. Her research interest was the pigment epithelium of the eye, responsible for the nutrition of the retina.  She made significant contributions to the body of research that could impact those with diseases like macular degeneration.

Patrick Bankston, Ph.D., Assistant Dean of IUSM-NW, Dean of the College of Health and Human Services and Interim Dean of the School of Education, said that Mangini’s passing is a “huge loss for our medical school.”

“She was a good teacher and students really loved her,” Bankston said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.”

Bankston said Mangini was committed to ensuring equal opportunity for all students pursuing medical education and worked toward that end.

Mangini leaves behind her life partner of 30 years, IUSM-NW Associate Professor of Physiology Brian Kennedy, Ph.D. She is the beloved mother of Angela, grandmother of Kaydon, sister of Linda (Ronald) Cyr of Worcester, Mass. and Maryan (Jakob) Pappas, and aunt of Nicoletta and Yanni Pappas of Plymouth, Mass.

IU Northwest and IUSM-NW extend their deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Nancy Mangini, Ph.D.

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