The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has selected some of the nation's brightest young scientists from industry, academia, and government, including chemistry Professor Lisa Olshansky, to participate in the 2023 U.S. and international Kavli Frontiers of Science symposia of the NAS.
These symposia bring together scientists who are 45 or younger to engage in exceptional research in a variety of disciplines. A committee of NAS members selected the participants from among young researchers who have already made recognized contributions to science. Attendees of these symposia receive the designation of Kavli Fellow.
Olshansky's research focuses on mimicking the way that biological systems use structural changes as a vehicle for the interconversion of different forms of energy, for example, converting binding energy, protein-protein interactions, sunlight, or pH gradients into chemical energy.
Olshansky joined the Illinois chemistry faculty in 2018 following research at the University of California Irvine as an ACS Irving S. Sigal Postdoctoral Fellow. She earned her PhD in Inorganic Chemistry in 2015 at MIT where she was an NSF and Presidential graduate research fellow.