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Sibrina Collins

Sibrina Collins

This inorganic chemist uses her diverse experiences to make science engaging for students
October 27, 2020
Charles Miller

Charles Miller

This patent lawyer chose a path less traveled, from chemistry to a career advocating for intellectual property causes
October 3, 2020
Luis Alvarez

Luis Alvarez

West Point and MIT grad brings his love of chemistry to bear on regenerative medicine
September 1, 2020
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Joyce Nethery

Joyce Nethery

This chemical engineer’s winding career path has been the best route for her work running a distillery
August 2, 2020
Lana Rossiter

Lana Rossiter

This FDA reviewer doubles as a commissioned officer called to action for emergencies like COVID-19
July 4, 2020
Naresh Sunkara

Naresh Sunkara

This Indian entrepreneur helps students and postdocs learn about business
June 5, 2020
Abril Estrada

Abril Estrada

This biomaterials chemist makes pet food proteins from nonanimal sources
April 28, 2020
Joslynn Lee

Joslynn Lee

This Native American chemist’s path through industry and education eventually led her back to academia and home
February 1, 2020
Dionne Hernández-Lugo

Dionne Hernández-Lugo

An openness to learning new things took this chemist from pharma to NASA
January 3, 2020
Jason Pontrello

Jason Pontrello

This former professor does contract work from home as he raises 4 boys
November 3, 2019
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Amber Wise

Amber Wise

This former chemistry professor is helping cannabis regulators make science-based decisions
October 1, 2019
Vartika Joshi

Vartika Joshi

Education and travel helped this Indian chemist build her career in the chemical industry
August 28, 2019
Catherine Goffinet

Catherine Goffinet

This Ben & Jerry’s flavor guru made a career out of her love of food and chemistry
August 3, 2019
Luis Martínez

Luis Martínez

This synthetic chemist is now teaching students to create companies rather than molecules
June 25, 2019
Anne Mallaband

Anne Mallaband

This English chemist worked in industry before moving to academia and European science policy
June 1, 2019
Vy Dong

Vy Dong

From first-generation college student to award-winning catalysis chemist
April 30, 2019
Curtis Ho

Curtis Ho

Organometallics lecturer uses his calling as a Buddhist monk to help calm the stresses of academic life
April 11, 2019
Raluca Ellis

Raluca Ellis

This chemist turned museum programmer is inspiring the next generation of scientists
February 3, 2019
Jonathan Schroden

Jonathan Schroden

This physical chemist turned defense analyst goes far with problem-solving and data-analysis skills
January 7, 2019
Hannah Follis

Hannah Follis

This formulation chemist turned cosmetics entrepreneur whips up bold fragrances and daring lip colors
November 3, 2018
Andrew Davis

Andrew Davis

This polymer chemist puts his industry background to work preserving documents at the Library of Congress
August 29, 2018
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Rebecca Robbins

Rebecca Robbins

Exploring industry led this former professor to a career as a color chemist at a confections company
August 3, 2018
Chloe Poston

Chloe Poston

This chemist carved a path away from the bench to become an expert on the scientific workforce
June 30, 2018
Kabrena Rodda

Kabrena Rodda

This chemist and military academy grad found a varied career in national security
June 3, 2018
Yun He

Yun He

Opportunities in academia and industry call chemist from China to the U.S.—and back again
May 2, 2018
Lynn Soby

Lynn Soby

Passion for addressing global problems led her to the helm of IUPAC, the "United Nations of chemistry"
February 28, 2017
James Schiller

James Schiller

A life-changing event plus encouragement led to a career in the pharma industry
January 31, 2017
Michael Okoroafor

Michael Okoroafor

Polymer research took this packaging innovator from academia to industry
January 2, 2017
Elliot Richman

Elliot Richman

A lifelong love of learning moved this chemist from lab bench to newsroom to classroom
December 5, 2016
Julia Fahrenkamp-Uppenbrink

Julia Fahrenkamp-Uppenbrink

A love for science lit the path for this Science journal editor
November 7, 2016
Angela Hoffman

Angela Hoffman

Self-reliance and an unlikely start in teaching helped make Sister Angela Hoffman a standout educator
October 3, 2016
Eric Breitung

Eric Breitung

Networking helped this industrial chemist transition into a career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
September 5, 2016
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Joan Frye

Joan Frye

Science fiction inspires physical chemistry professor turned NSF program director
August 1, 2016
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Children’s Tumor Foundation vice president for R&D leaves behind music for a medicinal chemistry career
July 4, 2016
Paul Dietze

Paul Dietze

Chemistry professor turned patent attorney says there’s life after being denied tenure
June 3, 2016