Judith Klinman (Prof. Emerita, Berkeley) has built her reputation for her studies at the nanoscale as a physical-organic chemist studying enzymes. For instance, a recent NSF award to her lab will study tunnelling and protein motion and its role on protein catalysis. This work may affect our ability to design new catalysts from scratch (de novo). For her inspiring contributions to this area, Prof. Klinman was recently awarded the 2014 National Medal of Science by President Obama.
There were ten medal winners this year, among whom was one other woman, Prof. May Berenbaum (UIUC) for her "pioneering studies of insect-plant co-evolution."
(Photo credit: Provided by and used with permission from Judith Klinman.)