Maria C. Linder
Dr. Maria C. Linder is Professor of Biochemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at California State University Fullerton, and Director of the university’s Howard Hughes Medical Institute-supported Research Scholars Program. She received her BA degree in Chemistry from Vassar College, PhD in Biochemistry from Harvard, and did post-doctoral work at Harvard and MIT before joining the faculty of the Department of Nutrition and Food Science, where she became involved in research on the biochemistry, physiology and nutrition of iron in mammals and initiated her interest in the biochemistry of copper and other trace elements. For personal reasons she then moved to her present position in Southern California, where her research focus has continued to be on the transport, storage and metabolism of copper and iron in mammals, and how these are perturbed in gestation, lactation, and disease states. She is the author of more than 130 research publications and reviews as well as a graduate textbook/handbook, “Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism”, and a scholarly tome, “Biochemistry of Copper” (in a series on “Biochemistry of Trace Elements” (Plenum). Her awards include that of the American Chemical Society for Research at an Undergraduate Institution; the Wang Family Excellence Award from the California State University System – for outstanding performance in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering (2007); the Faculty Research Award from the California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) (1993); and the Outstanding Professor Award (1985), as well as the L. Donald Shields Award for Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Activity (2013) from California State University Fullerton. In 2015 she was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).