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Keynote Speaker


Carol Fierke

Dr. Carol Fierke, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, the Provost & Executive Vice President of Texas A&M University.

Dr. Fierke received a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Brandeis University and a bachelor of arts in chemistry from Carleton College. She completed post-doctoral training at Pennsylvania State University and served on the faculty at Duke University before joining University of Michigan in 1999, where she has served as the department chair for chemistry (2005-2015) and vice provost and dean for graduate studies since 2015. Dr. Fierke Joined Texas A&M University on October 18th, 2017 as the Provost and Executive Vice President of Texas A&M University system. She also serves as a professor in the Department of Chemistry.

Dr. Fierke is a world leader in her field, she is the recipient of the American Chemical Society’s Repligen Award in Chemistry of Biological Processes and the Protein Society’s Emil Thomas Kaiser Award for her contributions in the application of chemistry to the study of enzymes. Her interdisciplinary research team of graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and fellow faculty focuses on the structure, function and biological relevance of metalloenzymes and RNA catalysts and the development of enzyme inhibitors as therapeutic agents. Her research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health, and has been funded by a number of other agencies and foundations, including the National Science Foundation, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Office of Naval Research and Keck Foundation. Dr. Fierke’s contributions to science include more than 180 research papers, 50 book chapters and review articles, and 4 patents on biosensors and assays.

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