Emily Balskus is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, where she first became interested in chemistry in high school. She graduated from Williams College in 2002. After spending a year at the University of Cambridge, she pursued graduate studies in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (CCB) at Harvard University, receiving her PhD in 2008. Her graduate work with Prof. Eric Jacobsen focused on developing asymmetric catalytic transformations and natural product total synthesis.
From 2008–2011, she was an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School with Prof. Christopher T. Walsh. Here she studied the biosynthesis of small molecule sunscreens by photosynthetic bacteria. She also received training in microbial ecology and environmental microbiology at the Marine Biology Lab at Woods Hole. Emily joined the CCB faculty in 2011 and is currently a Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Her independent research explores the chemistry of microbes and microbial communities.
Gut Reactions: Exploring the Amazing Chemistry of the Human Microbiome
Tuesday, November 10
1:25 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.