The Irwin professorship supports the needs and interests of women at Hamilton College. It was established by Jane Irwin Droppa, a 1975 Kirkland College graduate, in memory of her mother, and then transferred to Hamilton College when the two colleges joined in 1978.
Malloy earned a bachelor of arts from Harpur College, State University of New York at Binghamton; a master's degree in biology from SUNY at Buffalo, and a Ph.D from the University of Virginia.
Malloy served as chair of the biology department at Bates College from 1995-97. She conducted independent research at SUNY Health Science center, and has been a visiting instructor at Colgate University. She has participated in three faculty development seminars on women's studies at Bates, including women in science, and women and scientific literacy.
Malloy's biological research and teaching centers on skeletal muscle arteries. She has been the recipient of numerous grants from the NIH, NSF and American Heart Association, Maine Affiliate.
Malloy has also published numerous papers on women succeeding in the sciences and on the life of Dr. Helen Brooke Taussig.
Hamilton College is an independent, highly selective liberal arts college that was founded in 1812. It is named for Alexander Hamilton, the first secretary of the treasury, and features a strong curriculum in the humanities, the arts, the sciences and the social sciences.