Nobel Week Dialogue

Frances Arnold

Frances Arnold's research interests include biochemistry, sustainability, and chemical engineering. She received the Nobel Prize for her research on the directed evolution of enzymes.

Frances Arnold is the Linus Pauling professor of chemical engineering, bioengineering and biochemistry at the California Institute of TechnologyShe received her BS in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University and her PhD in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.  

Arnold received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2018) for pioneering directed enzyme evolution methods. Much of her work has focused on expanding the catalytic repertoire of enzymes and developing efficient, sustainable ways to produce chemicals using enzymes.  

Arnold received the Charles Stark Draper Prize of the US National Academy of Engineering (2011), the US National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama (2013), and the Millennium Technology Prize (2016). She has been elected to the US National Academies of Science, Medicine, and Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. A Foreign Member of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Royal Societyshe was elected to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in 2019.  

Arnold chairs the Advisory Panel of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowships in Science and Engineering and is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Gordon Research Conferences.  

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