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Caroline Lynn Kamerlin

Education and Positions:  MNatSci (Chem) University of Birmingham UK, 2002; Ph.D. University of Birmingham UK, 2005; Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Vienna, 2005-2007; Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Southern California, 2007-2010; Senior Researcher, Stockholm University, 2010-2011; Assistant Professor of Computational and Systems Biology, Uppsala University, 2011-2014; Associate Professor of Structural Biology, Uppsala University, 2014-2017; Full Professor of Structural Biology, Uppsala University, 2018-current.

Research Interest: Molecular evolution of protein function and catalysis; Computational biology/biochemistry; Computational protein engineering; Structure-function relationships in proteins; Conformational dynamics in enzyme evolution.

Honors and Awards: Royal Society of Chemistry Chartered Chemist and Science Council Chartered Scientist, 2009; Swedish Research Council Assistant Professorship Fellowship (“Forskarassistent”), 2011-2015; Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Sven and Ebba-Christina Hagberg Prize , 2011; Elected to the Young Academy of Europe, 2012 (Chair 2014-2015); European Research Council Starting Independent Research Grant, 2012-2017; Molecular Graphics and Modeling Society 6th MGMS Silver Jubilee Prize, 2013; Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation Wallenberg Academy Fellow 2014-2019 (prolonged 2019-2024); Biophysical Sciences Institute University of Durham BSI 1+1 Fellowship, 2014; Nominated to AcademiaNet by the Swedish Research Council, 2017; Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, 2017; The Swedish Society for Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology’s The (Theodor) Svedberg Prize, 2018; Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation Wallenberg Scholar, 2020-2024; Royal Society of Sciences in Uppsala Lily and Sven Theréus Prize, 2020.     

The Protein Society: Joined the Society in 2018. Invited speaker at the IX. European Symposium of the Protein Society (Stockholm, 2011).

Service: Board Member, Electronic Structure (joined 2018), Editorial Advisory Board member Chemistry Methods (joined 2020), JACS Au (joined 2020), Journal of Chemical Information and Modelling (joined 2019), ACS Catalysis (joined 2018), ACS Omega (joined 2018), Journal of Physical Chemistry (2018-2020). Regular columnist for the Science and Society section of EMBO Reports. Chair, Young Academy of Europe (2014-2015). Chair of the Board, UPPMAX Supercomputing Center (2018-2021). Committee Member Swedish National Allocations Committee for Supercomputing (2015-2020), PRACE Access Committee Member (2021-current). Main organizer of ten major international conferences/symposia, including a symposium on enzyme evolution at the 2017 Fall ACS Meeting, and a conference on advancing the frontiers of biochemistry with valence bond approaches in Uppsala in 2016. Extensive experience of diversity, equality and inclusion (DEI) work including as coordinator of the Uppsala University disciplinary domain of science and technology’s mentorship program for early career female academics (2014-2016), departmental DEI officer (2018-current), YAE member ambassador to the New York Academy of Sciences’ “1000 Girls 1000 Futures” and “Junior Academy” programs (2015-2016), organizing several workshops, symposia, and giving seminars and writing columns related to DEI issues, and informal mentoring of early career researchers from underrepresented groups.

Vision Statement:  If elected to the Executive Council, my goal will be to bring with me my extensive experience of work with increasing representation and diversity, advocating for protein science, promoting interdisciplinary, as well as academic publishing and Open Science policy, to contribute to further strengthening an already excellent society. In the context of prior experience, I am an alumna and former Chair of the Young Academy of Europe (YAE), as well as an active member of multiple scientific societies. I have contributed to these societies and organizations through work on diversity, organization of conferences and symposia on a range of topics both within and beyond my own discipline, governance (YAE) and academic publishing, as I am on the Editorial and Editorial Advisory Boards of multiple society journals. I am also a co-author of the Bratislava Declaration of Young Researchers, and have worked with the Academia Europaea, European Research Council and European Commission on issues surrounding researcher careers, diversity and open science policy. I care deeply about diversity on all axes, and increasing representation of minority groups in our discipline, as well as supporting the careers of young researchers with clear career paths, trajectories, and mentorship. As someone who has a highly interdisciplinary background myself, I also care deeply about disciplinary diversity: I originally trained as a computational organic chemist who then moved to computational biochemistry, structural biology, and enzymology, with a view to understanding protein evolution. Protein science is broad, and exciting, and encompasses a wide range of scientific problems and techniques, and it’s important to advocate for our discipline through strengthening the full breadth of our discipline. I believe my own interdisciplinary background is valuable in this context. If elected to the Executive Council, I will bring with me my experience in all these areas, including my leadership experience as former Chair of a pan-European academy. I will apply this experience to advocacy for our discipline, working on increasing representation from all relevant sectors in the Protein Society, both as engaged members and at the annual symposium and in distinctions awarded by the society, as well as sharing my experience in academic publishing for Protein Science as we move towards a more Open future.

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