California Institute of Technology, USA
Frances H. Arnold is the Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry at California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and a winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2018 for pioneering the use of directed evolution to engineer enzymes. After earning her Ph.D., Arnold completed postdoctoral research at Berkeley before joining the Caltech faculty, where she was appointed assistant professor in 1987, associate professor in 1992, and full professor in 1996. She was named the Dick and Barbara Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry in 2000 and to her current chair in 2017. In 2013, she was appointed director of Caltech's Donna and Benjamin M. Rosen Bioengineering Center. She chairs the Advisory Panel of the Packard Fellowships in Science and Engineering. Her work has been recognized by many awards, including the Millennium Technology Prize in 2016, the US National Academy of Engineering Draper Prize (2011) and the US National Medal of Technology and Innovation (2011). She was the first woman to be elected to all three National Academies in the United States.
Universidad del País Vasco, San Sebastián
Claudio Palomo was born in Barcelona (Spain) in 1951. He studied chemistry at the Instituto Químico de Sarriá (IQS), in Barcelona, where he received his Chemical Engineering Degree in 1975. After two years working in a pharma-industry, he obtained his Degree in Chemistry in 1979 at the University of Barcelona. In the same year he joined the Organic Chemistry Department at the University of the Basque Country with Prof. R. Mestres and in 1983, he took his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. In 1989 he was promoted to full Professor and two years later he joined, as visiting professor, the research group of Prof. H. Rapoport at the University of California at Berkeley. Professor Palomo has been the subject of an Author Profile in Angewandte Chemie, and his work has been recognized by several awards, including the Organic Chemistry Janssen Cilag Award, (Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry, 2002); Euskadi Research Award, (Basque Government, 2008); RSEQ Gold Medal (Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry, 2017). In 2018 he was elected President of the Organic Chemistry Division of the RSEQ.
CIC bioGUNE, Derio-Vizcaya
Jesús Jiménez Barbero is Ikerbasque Research Professor and Scientific Director of CIC bioGUNE since November 2014. He received his PhD in Chemistry in 1987, at the Institute for Organic Chemistry-CSIC. Earlier in his career, he was postdoc (1988-92) at Univ. Zurich, National Institute for Medical Research (UK) and Carnegie Mellon Univ (Pittsburgh). Before moving to CIC bioGUNE, he held a CSIC Research Professor position at CIB-CSIC since 2002. Previously, he was senior research scientist at Institute Organic Chemistry-CSIC (1996-2002). He has been Visiting Professor at ENS Paris (2004), Uni. Sorbonne (2009), and Uni. Milano Bicocca (2009-12) and now at the Uni. Basque Country (2016-). From the management perspective, he served as Secretary General of the Royal Society of Chemistry of Spain (2004-2011) and President of the same institution (2012-18). He was Head of the Chemistry Panel of the National Plan for Research (Spain, 2009-2018).
Princeton University, USA
Paul J. Chirik is the Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Chemistry at Princeton University, NJ. Professor Chirik obtained his PhD at Caltech in 2000 (Advisor: John E. Bercaw). After < 1 year postdoctoral stay at MIT (Advisor: C. C. Cummins), he moved to Cornell University where he held the positions of Assistant Professor (2001-2006), Associate Professor (2006-2009) and the Peter J. W. Debye Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (2009-2011). He has received several teaching and research awards and honors, among them the NSF CAREER Award (2003), Camille Dreyfus-Teacher Scholar (2006), Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award (2009), Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award (2016), and the ACS Catalysis Lectureship for Advancement of Catalysis Science (2017). He has served in the Advisory Boards of Inorganic Chemistry (2012-2015), Dalton Transactions (2009-2011), Organometallics (2008-2011), and as a founding Associate Editor of Catalysis Science and Technology (2010-2014). Since 2015, he is the Editor-in-Chief of Organometallics.
Semel Institute, University of California Los Angeles, USA
Anne Andrews is Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences and Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a member of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior, the Hatos Center for Neuropharmacology, and the California NanoSystems Institute. Dr. Andrews earned her B.S. in chemistry from the Pennsylvania State University and received her Ph.D. in chemistry at the National Institute of Mental Health. There, she was later a postdoctoral fellow and senior staff fellow. Andrews has been the recipient of an NIH Fellows Award for Research Excellence, an Eli Lily Outstanding Young Analytical Chemist Award, an American Parkinson's Disease Association Research Award, and a Brain and Behavior Research Foundation Independent Investigator Award. She is a member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, International Society for Serotonin Research vice president, an advisory board member for the International Society for Monitoring Molecules in Neuroscience, and serves as Associate Editor for ACS Chemical Neuroscience.
The University of Tokio, Japan
Makoto Fujita is Professor at School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo. He graduated from the School of Engineering, Chiba University in 1982 and obtained a Ph.D. from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1987. After being a research fellow at Sagami Chemical Research Center, he held various positions at the Faculty of Engineering, Chiba University, as Assistant Professor (1988-1991), Lecturer (1991-1994) and Associate Professor (1994-1997). From 1997 to 1999, he was an Associate Professor at Institute of Molecular Science and later (1999-2002) Professor at Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University. He has been a Visiting Professor at Division of Advanced Materials Science, Pohang University of Science and Technology (2012-2013) and since 2018 is Distinguished Professor at the Institute for Molecular Science (IMS) and Distinguished Emeritus Professor, Chiba University. Dr. Fujita has delivered several honorary lectureships and he is the recipient of many awards, including: Nagoya Silver Medal (2003), Izatt-Christensen Award (2004), Honorary Professor at Renmin University (China, 2007), Reona Esaki and JSCC Awards (2010), Thomson Reuters Research Front Award (2012), Chemical Society of Japan Award (2013), Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award (2013), ISNSCE 2014 Nanoprize, Medal with Purple Ribbon (Cabinet Office, Government of Japan, 2014), Fred Basolo Medal (2014), Merit Award of The Naito Foundation (2016), and the Wolf Prize in Chemistry (2018).