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Isabel Morgan was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and received her A.B. from Stanford University in 1932. Pursuing her interest in bacteriology, Morgan received an M.A. from Cornell University in 1936 and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1938. Working with Peter K. Olitsky at the Rockefeller Institute, she was recognized by David Bodian and his Johns Hopkins University colleagues for her immunological studies with encephalitis viruses. In 1944, she was appointed Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and joined Bodian’s poliomyelitis laboratory at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health where she was actively involved in the landmark research on the pathogenesis and immunogenesis of experimental poliomyelitis. She married Joseph Mountain in 1949 and returned to New York in 1950. She continued research in microbiology at Columbia University and earned an M.S. in biostatistics there in 1961. Before her retirement in 1980, she worked for the Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research as a consultant in biostatistics.

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The Isabel Morgan Mountain Collection contains two volumes of her publications as well as unbound reprints and a biographical sketch. The collection is strong in her research on poliomyelitis and the immunization of monkeys against the disease. Additional material related to her reserach on polopmyeltis can be found in the David Bodian Collection.

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