Caroline S. Harwood

University of Washington

Primary Section: 61, Animal, Nutritional, and Applied Microbial Sciences
Secondary Section: 44, Microbial Biology
Membership Type: Member (elected 2009)


Caroline (Carrie) Harwood is the Gerald and Lyn Grinstein Endowed Professor in Microbiology and Associate Vice Provost for Research-External Relations at the University of Washington.  Carrie earned her B.A. in Biology from Colby College and her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Massachusetts. She completed postdoctoral work at Yale. She held academic appointments at Cornell University and the University of Iowa before moving to the University of Washington in 2005. She serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology. She is the recipient of the Proctor and Gamble Award in Applied and Environmental Microbiology and she is an elected member of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences and the American Academy of Microbiology.

Research Interests

Carrie's research in environmental microbiology and physiology focuses on how bacteria integrate diverse environmental signals and diverse metabolic modules to function at the whole cell level. Current studies include: how bacteria sense surfaces; new plant-derived quorum sensing signals; regulation of bacteria photosynthesis; molecular determinants of bacterial longevity, bacterial desiccation tolerance and use of sunlight to drive bioenergy production.

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