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Mary E. Lidstrom, PhD
HHMI Professor / 2002–Present

Scientific Discipline

Chemical Biology, Microbiology

Host Institution

University of Washington

Current Position

Mary 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. She is also Vice Provost for Research.

Current Research

Learning at the Boundary of Life Sciences and Engineering

Mary Lidstrom'’s research group focuses on understanding and manipulating the metabolism of bacteria that grow on one-carbon compounds (methylotrophs). She created a program to integrate inquiry-based life sciences into the engineering curriculum, which included expanding the class Biological Frameworks for Engineers and recruiting students for research at the life sciences/engineering boundary.

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Biography

Mary Lidstrom is the Vice Provost for Research, a Professor in Chemical Engineering and in Microbiology and holds the Frank Jungers Chair of Engineering at the University of Washington. She is a microbial physiologist recognized for her work…

Mary Lidstrom is the Vice Provost for Research, a Professor in Chemical Engineering and in Microbiology and holds the Frank Jungers Chair of Engineering at the University of Washington. She is a microbial physiologist recognized for her work on bacteria that grow on one-carbon compounds. Her work spans basic microbial physiology, natural complex microbial communities, and biotechnological applications.  Lidstrom attended Oregon State University for her B.S. degree in Microbiology, then the University of Wisconsin-Madison for her PhD in 1977. After post-doctoral work at the University of Sheffield in England, she was on the faculty at the University of Washington, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the California Institute of Technology before returning to the University of Washington in 1995. She has served as Vice Provost for Research since 2005, except for the 2010/11 academic year, when she was Interim Provost.

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Education

  • BS, microbiology, Oregon State University
  • MS, bacteriology, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • PhD, bacteriology, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Awards

  • American Society for Microbiology Graduate Mentoring Award
  • American Society for Microbiology Proctor and Gamble Award for Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Memberships

  • National Academy of Sciences
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow
  • American Academy of Microbiology
  • American Society for Microbiology
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