Raquel L. Lieberman

Education and Positions: B.Sc. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998; Ph.D. Northwestern University, 2005; Postdoctoral Fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School and Brandeis University, 2005-2007; Assistant Professor Chemistry & Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-2013; Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013-8/2018; Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology, 8/2018 –.

Research Interests: Structure, function, and misfolding of disease-associated proteins implicated in glaucoma and Alzheimer disease; intramembrane protein structure and function; metalloenzyme structure and function.

Honors and Awards:  Phi Beta Kappa, 1998; NIH Molecular Biophysics Trainee, 2000-2002; Ruth L. Kirschstein NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 2005; American Chemical Society Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry, 2006; Glaucoma Research Foundation Schaffer award, 2008; American Federation for Aging Research Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert New Investigator Award, 2009; NSF CAREER award, 2009; Pew Scholar, 2010.

The Protein Society: Member since 2018, Nominating Committee (2018-2021, co-chair 2020, chair 2021).

Service: Organizer of SER-CAT annual symposium, 2018; Academic Editor, PLoS Biology, 2017-; Reviewer for NSF MCB division, Argonne National Lab and Oak Ridge National Lab user proposals (2011-); Chair of Biochemistry division within School of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Georgia Tech, 2014-2017, 2019-; Steering committee member of the Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences at Georgia Tech (2010-); Faculty advisor for Petit Undergraduate Research Scholars Program, 2016-; Chair, School of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Georgia Tech Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee (2020-); Faculty benefits committee co-chair (2015) and chair (2016-2018).

Vision Statement: I first got hooked on protein structure/function biochemical and biophysical research thanks to a high school research internship 25 years ago.  As a protein biochemist at a large public and urban university with a strong engineering focus, I feel I bring a unique perspective on the future of protein science. I am motivated be serve on the Executive Council to brainstorm and implement creative new ways the Society can bring individuals together from the different research areas of protein science across the globe, to enhance our knowledge of proteins while simultaneously increasing the diversity of the STEM workforce.


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