Assistant Professor EMILY P. BALSKUS
Lecture Topic: CHEMICAL DISCOVERY IN THE MICROBIAL WORLD











Professional Experience

2011 – present Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Associate Member, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT
Faculty Associate, Harvard Microbial Sciences Initiative

2008 – 2011 NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow
Harvard Medical School, Department of Biological Chemistry and
Molecular Pharmacology, Boston, MA
Research advisor: Prof. Christopher T. Walsh

Education

Summer of 2009 Microbial Diversity Summer Course (June 13 – July 30, 2009)
Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA
Independent research project title: “Searching for small moleculemediated
extracellular redox in terrestrial and marine microorganisms”

2003 – 2008 Ph.D. in Chemistry, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
NSF Predoctoral Fellow
Research advisor: Prof. Eric N. Jacobsen
Thesis title: “Asymmetric catalysis in the construction of complex
molecules: A total synthesis of (+)-Lactacystin and development of an
enantioselective transannular Diels–Alder reaction”

2002 – 2003 M.Phil. in Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
Winston Churchill Scholar
Research advisor: Prof. Steven V. Ley
Thesis title: “Studies toward the total synthesis of Bengazole A”

1998 – 2002 B.A. with Highest Honors in Chemistry, summa cum laude,
valedictorian, Williams College, Williamstown, MA
Research advisor: Prof. Thomas E. Smith
Thesis title: “Progress toward the asymmetric total synthesis of marine
natural products Octalactin A and Hennoxazole A”

Other undergraduate research experience:
University of Cambridge, UK (2000 – 2001): Prof. Steven V. Ley
The Ohio State University (summer of 2000): Prof. Leo A. Paquette
Leiden University, NL (summer of 1999): Prof. Dr. Jan Reedijk

Awards and Honors

• MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35 (2014)
• Amgen Young Investigator’s Award (2014)
• Natural Products Reports Emerging Investigator Lectureship (2014)
• Sloan Research Fellowship (2014)
• Thieme Chemistry Journal Awardee (2014)
• Damon Runyon–Rachleff Innovation Award (2014)
• George W. Merck Fellowship (2013)
• Kavli Fellow, National Academy of Sciences (2013)
• Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering (2013)
• NIH Director’s New Innovator Award (2012)
• Searle Scholars Program (2012)
• Eli Lilly New Faculty Award (2012)
• Smith Family Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research (2011)
• Milton Fund Award (2011)
• Poster Award, Gordon Research Conference in Biocatalysis (2010)
• NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship (2008 – 2011)
• ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Fellowship (2006 – 2007)
• Student Poster Award at Pacifichem Conference (2005)
• CUE Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University (Spring 2004)
• National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship (2003 – 2006)
• Winston Churchill Scholarship (2002 – 2003)
• John Sabin Adriance Prize in Chemistry, Williams College (2002)
• Baxter Scholarship, Williams College (2001 – 2002)
• Departmental Prize in Part II Chemistry, highest score on the Tripos Exam, University of
Cambridge (2001)
• Scholarship, honoris causa, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge (2001)
• Bernard F. Saunders Prize in Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge (2001)
• Pfizer Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship (2001)
• Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship (2001 – 2002)
• Harold H. Warren Prize in Organic Chemistry, Williams College (1999)
• Tyng Scholarship, Williams College (1998 – 2002)

Curriculum Vitae