- Emily Balskus, Harvard University, USA
Emily is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated from Williams College in 2002 and then spent a year at the University of Cambridge as a Churchill Scholar. She received her PhD with Prof. Eric Jacobsen in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (CCB) at Harvard University in 2008. From 2008–2011 she was an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School with Prof. Christopher T. Walsh. She also received training in microbiology as a member of the Microbial Diversity Summer Course at the Marine Biology Lab at Woods Hole during 2009. Emily joined the Harvard faculty in 2011 and is currently 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.
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