As part of Graduate Student Appreciation Week, join us on Thursday, April 14 at 2-3pm in 32-155 to hear from Professor Drennan about the parts of her career path that don’t make it on to her biographical sketch. Based on official biographies, it is easy to assume that success requires professional perfection at every career step. The truth is that success often derives from the learned ability to bounce back from failure and set-backs. Professor Drennan’s official Bio is below, but come hear about the details that are missing. Warning: Content may contain learning disabilities, stereotype threat, and hogs. Faculty talk will be followed by Q and A, and light refreshments.
Catherine Drennan is a professor of Biology and Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a professor and investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She is the only individual to be both an HHMI professor and an HHMI investigator. Drennan received an A.B. in chemistry from Vassar College and a Ph.D. in biological chemistry from the University of Michigan, working in the laboratory of the late Professor Martha L. Ludwig. She was also a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Douglas C. Rees at the California Institute of Technology. In 1999, Drennan joined the faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she has risen through the ranks to full Professor. Her research interests lie at the interface of chemistry and biology, combining X-ray crystallography with other biophysical methods in order to “visualize” molecular processes by obtaining snapshots of metalloproteins in action.