Kristin N. Wobbe

John C. Metzger Jr. Professor of Chemistry

Kristin Wobbe, who joined the WPI faculty in 1995, holds a BA in chemistry from St. Olaf College and a PhD in biochemistry from Harvard University. She completed a postdoctoral position at Harvard Medical School and then spent three years as a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the Waksman Institute at Rutgers University and Massachusetts General Hospital. During that time she began her research on the molecular interactions that determine the outcomes of plant/pathogen interactions using a model system consisting of Arabidopsis thaliana, a relative of cruciferous crop plants, and Turnip crinkle virus. As a member of WPI’s Interdisciplinary Plant Research Group, she has explored a number of ways to augment the production by plants of artemisinin, a potent antimalarial compound. Wobbe was named the Leonard P. Kinnicutt Assistant Professor of Chemistry in 1999 and received the Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education in 2001. In 2007, she co-developed and co-taught Feed the World, one of the inaugural Great Problems Seminars designed to bring the WPI project emphasis to the first year. She was appointed Interim Head of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department in January of 2007 and began a regular term appointment as head in July 2008.

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