Dr Carrie Harwood Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Congratulations, Dr Harwood! 

"Dr Harwood studies metabolic networks and signaling in bacteria, and their energy production. The lab looks at how bacteria integrate diverse signals from their environment. One of Harwood’s major interests is bacterial longevity and persistence. Her team studies a photosynthetic bacterium, Rhodopseudomonas palustris, because of its survival tactics. It can withstand months of starvation as long as it is exposed to light, which it taps to make energy. She is working to understand genes important for long-term survival of such non-growing cells. Her research on such bacteria may hold ideas for converting inexpensive feedstock compounds to biofuels, such as like hydrogen gas. She also collaborates on studies of quorum sensing signals in bacterial cell-to-cell communication and on signaling between bacteria and plants.

She earned her Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Massachusetts and did postdoctoral work at Yale University. She has been on the UW School of Medicine faculty since 2005"

Publication Date: 

Monday, May 2, 2022