Liz Nolan was raised in Niskayuna, New York and graduated magna cum laude from Smith College in 2000 with highest honors in chemistry and a minor in music. Liz conducted her graduate studies in inorganic chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she joined the laboratory of Professor Stephen J. Lippard. Her doctoral work focused on the synthesis, characterization, and application of small-molecule fluorescent sensors for detecting zinc in biological samples and mercury in aqueous solution. Liz pursued post-doctoral research in the laboratory of Professor Christopher T. Walsh at Harvard Medical School where she investigated the biosynthetic assembly of microcin E492m, an antibiotic “Trojan horse” peptide that targets Gram-negative bacteria expressing siderophore uptake pumps. Liz joined the Department of Chemistry at MIT as an assistant professor in 2009. Her current research interests include synergies between metal ion homeostasis and immunity, and the roles of host-defense peptides and metalloproteins in various biological phenomena. Liz received a 2010 NIH New Innovator Award, and she was named a Searle Scholar in 2011 and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow in 2013.
Deepti Pradhan is a Senior Research Analyst in the Yale Office of Development, and a 2015 Public Voices Fellow at The Op-Ed Project. After spending the better part of her career immersed in chemistry, biochemistry, and cell biology, including 13 years on the faculty of the Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Pradhan changed direction and moved to the Yale Office of Development in 2008, where she uses her skills in data analysis to enhance donor support for the university. She sustains her passion for science through Tilde Café, an independent not-for-profit science café she founded in 2008.
Dow Chemical Company Research Professor, Department of Chemistry
Dr. Emily Weiss is the Dow Chemical Company Professor in Northwestern University’s Department of Chemistry. She earned her A.B. from Princeton University and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Northwestern in 2005. Dr. Weisss research group studies the behavior of nanoscale particles and molecules when they absorb light energy, and aims to discover ways they can convert light energy to electricity and fuel. She is a Public Voices Fellow with The Op-Ed Project.
Georgia Research Alliance Distinguished Investigator and Associate Professor, Chemistry
In July of 2011, Bill began his career as an Assistant Professor at Temple University and in 2016 was named the Daniel Swern Early Career Professor of Chemistry. In 2017, he then moved to Emory University where he is currently a Georgia Research Alliance Distinguished Investigator and Associate Professor of Chemistry. His research focuses on the modification of natural products through total synthesis in an effort to develop innovative, pathogen-specific therapeutics.