Dr. Hillman received a B.A. in Biology from Gettysburg College, an M.A. in Biology from Smith College and a Ph. D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Zoology (Embryology). Her research is in the field of Developmental Genetics and Reproductive Biology with a focus on determining the causes of specific phenotypic effects of a series of mutant genes (the t-haplotypes) in the mouse. These mutations, in a homozygous condition, cause embryo lethality at different stages of embryogenesis. In addition, many of these haplotypes in a heterozygous condition (+/t) are transmitted from the male to a disproportionate number of offspring. Dr. Hillman has found that the level of transmission is dependent upon whether the haplotype was inherited from the father or the mother suggesting that the haplotypes are imprinted. She has published over 60 research articles and has presented papers at numerous national and international meetings and at invited symposia. She has provided research training for high school, undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows, in her laboratory
Dr. Hillman has taught at all levels (core courses for non-majors, lower and upper level undergraduate courses for majors, graduate courses and seminars, and Chataqua courses for College Faculty.) Her interest in education is evidenced by her work with K-12 schools; serving as project director for the NSF sponsored Philadelphia Collaborative for Excellence in Teacher Preparation (CETP) which included the School District of Philadelphia, the Community College of Philadelphia, and the Colleges of Science and Technology, Engineering and Education at Temple (1994-2003); and being project director of an Howard Hughes Undergraduate Biological Sciences Education Grant which included a high school outreach program (1994-2003). Both of the latter programs were directed toward increasing significantly the numbers of minority students in teaching (CETP), and in biomedical (HHMI), careers. For the past two summers, Dr. Hillman served as Co-Director of the Biology Department’s Summer Research Program for Undergraduates which was supported by Temple University. In addition, Dr. Hillman served on the steering committee of the Philadelphia Urban Systemic Initiative and is currently a member of the Philadelphia Math and Science Coalition. She is Director of the Center for Science Education at Temple and helped develop Temple’s Math/Science Resource Center where students are tutored free of charge in basic courses. Data indicate that this intervention is increasing student retention, particularly the retention of minority students. She has presented several papers at local and national education meetings.
Dr. Hillman’s professional activities have included: service on NIH and NSF study sections; consultantships; co-founder of the Gordon Conference on Gametogenesis and Early Embryo Development; and participation in the formation of the Reproductive Biology Subsection of NICHHD. Her service at Temple includes having served as Chair of the Biology Department and Vice Provost for the Sciences. She has received numerous research and education grants, Temple’s Great Teacher Award, and the Lindback Award for Distinquished Teaching.