Distinguished Women in Science Series

Upcoming Speaker                                                      

April 23, 2020: Professor Emily Balskus, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University.

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Prof. Balskus is currently a Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. She is also an Associate Member of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, a Faculty Associate of the Microbial Sciences Initiative at Harvard, a member of the Harvard Digestive Diseases Center, and a member of the MIT Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics. Her independent research has been recognized with multiple awards, including the 2011 Smith Family Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research, the 2012 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, and the 2013 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering. She was selected as one of MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35 in 2014 and in 2016 was named an HHMI-Gates Faculty Scholar.

Read more about Prof. Balskus and her lab here.


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As part of the Distinguished Women in Science speaker series, the Chemistry Department welcomes at least one eminent female chemist per semester to share both her research and experiences with the larger Brown community. Each speaker is invited to present a Friday colloquium and lunch several with graduate schools, during which she is encouraged to discuss her path to success. Speakers are both invited and hosted by graduate students. Funding for this program is generously provided by the Brown Chemistry Department and the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

The series piloted with Prof. Catherine Drennan (MIT) and Suzanne Walker (Harvard).