Professor Liviu Mirica elected a 2022 AAAS Fellow

Professor Liviu Mirica

Chemistry Professor Liviu Mirica is one of seven professors at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who have been elected 2022 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The others are physics professor James Eckstein, psychology professor Kara Federmeier, atmospheric sciences professor Atul Jain, computer science professor Grigore Rosu, mechanical science and engineering professor M. Taher Saif, and materials science and engineering professor Charles Schroeder, who is also a faculty affiliate in the Department of Chemistry. These Illinois professors are among the 506 scientists to be awarded the distinction of AAAS Fellow this year. Fellows are chosen by their peers for outstanding contribution to the field.

Mirica, Janet and William H. Lycan Professor of Chemistry, works at the intersection of biology and organic and inorganic chemistry, focusing on the activities of metals in processes with applications in energy and medicine. His research exploring the role of transition metals in Alzheimer’s disease has led to the development of diagnostic agents for treating neurodegenerative diseases. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He also is affiliated with the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at Illinois and a Biomedical and Translational Sciences professor.

Mirica received his BS degree in Chemistry from California Institute of Technology in 1999, and his PhD in Chemistry from Stanford University in 2005. After working as an NIH postdoctoral fellow at University of California, Berkeley, in 2008 he started his independent career in the Department of Chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis, and in 2019, he joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois.

Head shot of Charles Schroeder with a window/wall in background
Professor Charles Schroeder

Schroeder is a leader in using single-molecule techniques to study polymers, proteins and soft materials, with the aim of discovering how molecular-scale properties and behaviors inform large-scale ones.

His work has led to advances in single-molecule electronics, DNA data storage, automated chemical synthesis and the use of lipid vesicles as drug-delivery vehicles. Schroeder also is affiliated with the departments of chemical and biomolecular engineering and bioengineering, and the Beckman Institute, the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology and the Materials Research Lab at Illinois.

Read the entire Illinois News Bureau announcement.

Read the AAAS announcement.