Sponsor: Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation
Citation: For encouraging the careers of women in chemistry by working with the University of Michigan ADVANCE program, hiring and promoting women faculty, and mentoring students.
Current position: Jerome and Isabella Karle Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry & Biological Chemistry, dean of the Rackham Graduate School, and vice provost for academic affairs for graduate students, University of Michigan
Education: B.A., chemistry, Carleton College; Ph.D., chemistry, Brandeis University
Fierke on what she hopes to accomplish in the next decade: “I hope to unravel the biological function and specificity of enzymes that catalyze specific post-translational modifications and use this information to develop therapies for diseases related to misregulation of these processes. I also plan to continue developing best practices for mentoring graduate students and junior faculty, particularly those from underrepresented groups.”
What her colleagues say:“She is dedicated not just to providing one-on-one mentorship to her research group and junior colleagues but to the creation of a self-sustaining mentoring climate that extends to all in the department: students, postdoctoral fellows, staff, and faculty.”—Anna K. Mapp, University of Michigan