Clemson University Associate Professor Dr. Julia Brumaghim has received the 2014 Women Chemists Committee Rising Star award.

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Clemson University Associate Professor Julia Brumaghim works in a lab.

This national award recognizes female scientists that are moving up to mid-level careers across all areas, including academic, industrial, government, and non-profit, and that have shown their dedication and promise for contributions to their fields.

The award was presented recently at the 247th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Dallas, Texas.

The Women Chemists Committee (WCC) serves the membership of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Its main goal is to attract, develop, promote, and advocate women in the chemical sciences in order to positively impact society and the profession as a whole.

Through their efforts, the WCC looks to increase retention and participation of women in the chemical sciences and related fields, provide leadership for women’s career development, promote women’s accomplishments in these fields, and advocate within the ACS on topics important to women in these areas.

Dr. Brumaghim earned her A. B. degree in chemistry at Harvard University and her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  In 1999 she was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley where she studied bioinorganic and supramolecular coordination chemistry.

She has been a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at Clemson University since 2003. Her research focuses on determining how antioxidants prevent DNA damage and cell death caused by metal ions.  This mechanistic understanding enables her to develop predictive models to identify the most effective antioxidants to prevent this damage.