Virginia S. Hinshaw Ph.D.

Hinshaw photoChancellor Emeritus/Professor
Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology
John A. Burns School of Medicine
651 Ilalo Street, BSB 402F
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Telephone: (808) 692-1215

Auburn University, B.S. 1966-Laboratory Technology
Auburn University, M.S. 1967-Microbiology
Auburn University, Ph.D. 1973-Microbiology

Personal Statement

Dr. Hinshaw joined the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in 2007 to serve as Chancellor and Professor. She previously served as Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor at University of California Davis and Dean of the Graduate School/ Vice Chancellor of Research at University of Wisconsin Madison. As a virologist, she conducted research at the Medical College of Virginia, University of California Berkeley, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Harvard Medical School and University of Wisconsin Madison. Her research for over 20 years focused on influenza viruses in humans, lower mammals and birds, especially epidemiology, pathogenicity, immunology and vaccines.

In addition to teaching students and public groups, she established the JABSOM Mini-Medical School on Healthy Aging (MMSHA) for the public, in collaboration with the UH Foundation in 2014. The goal of the MMSHA is to provide Hawai‘i’s citizens with information on the best way to maintain health and well-being as they age; over 300 community members have participated in the MMSHA each year. She has also collaborated with Oceanic Time Warner and Core Group One in developing an on-demand channel (342/1342) called iAGE. Her innovative teaching style and her continual advocacy for research and education, including opportunities for underrepresented groups, have earned her international recognition and enabled her to establish many productive collaborations around the world. She currently serves as Director of the MMSHA, provides mentoring to numerous colleagues and students, helps develop philanthropic opportunities and teaches topics related to viruses, speaking and leadership.

Recent publications:

Handelsman, J., Cantor, N., Carnes, M., Denton, D., Fine, E., Grosz, B., Hinshaw, V., Marrett, C., Rosser, S., Shalala, D., Sheridan, J. 2005. More Women in Science. Science 309:1190–1191.

Hinshaw, Virginia S., Partika, Nancy S. 2014. Educating Current and Future Seniors: The Mini-Medical School on Healthy Aging; University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2014 Sep; 73(9): 292–294.