Dr. Lidstrom is the Frank Jungers Chair in Engineering, with a joint appointment as professor of chemical engineering and professor of microbiology at the University of Washington. In addition, she is associate dean for new initiatives in engineering and director of the Microscale Life Sciences Center. She received her B.S. degree in microbiology from Oregon State University, her M.S. degree in bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin (UW)–Madison, and her Ph.D. in bacteriology from UW–Madison.
Dr. Lidstrom has been on the editorial boards of several journals, including Antonie van Leeuwenhoek and Microbiology (UK), and she is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Bacteriology. She has received numerous awards, including the Prather Award for Young Women in Science, the Caltech Award for Excellence, the Caltech Distinguished Teaching Award, and the National Science Foundation Faculty Award for Women. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.
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Mary Lidstrom’s research group focuses on understanding and manipulating the metabolism of bacteria that grow on one-carbon compounds (methylotrophs). She will create a program to integrate inquiry-based life sciences into the engineering curriculum, which includes expanding the class Biological Frameworks for Engineers and recruiting students for research at the life sciences/engineering boundary.
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