A.B. Cornell University (1989)
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley (1994)
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University (1995-96)

Dr. Marisa C. Kozlowski

Marisa Kozlowski was born in Hamburg, Germany and raised in the town of Liverpool in upstate New York. She received an A. B. in Chemistry from Cornell University in 1989 and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1994 for work on the rational design of enzyme inhibitors under the direction of Paul Bartlett. After studying asymmetric catalysis in the laboratories of David A. Evans at Harvard University as a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow, she joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania in 1997 and currently holds the rank of Professor of Chemistry. The major focus of Professor Kozlowski's research is the development of methods for the design of asymmetric catalysts. Two clear challenges in the area of asymmetric synthesis are the rapid identification of appropriate catalysts for given processes and the development of the cost-effective catalysts for large-scale applications. Professor Kozlowski's contributions have been recognized by a DuPont Young Investigator Award in 1998, an NSF CAREER Award in 2001, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the Kahn Award for Distinguished Teaching by an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, an American Cancer Society Beginning Research Scholar Award in 2002, an ACS Travel Progress Award in 2007, the Philadelphia Organic Chemists’ Club Award in 2010, election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2012, the Philadelphia ACS Section Award in 2012, and election as an American Chemical Society Fellow in 2013. In addition to over 130 independent publications, Professor Kozlowski coauthored with Professor Patrick Walsh the book “Fundamentals of Asymmetric Catalysis", available from University Science Books.  She has served in several leadership roles for the Organic Division of the American Chemical Society and on numerous study sections including a term as Chair of the American Cancer Society CDD Study Section.  She is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Organic Chemistry.