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

Our laboratory is focused on how bacteria integrate diverse environmental signals and diverse metabolic modules to function at the whole cell level. We are especially interested in bacterial longevity. We want to understand how non-growing cells can stay viable for long periods of time. This condition of non-growth likely prevails in natural environments. However such cells remain metabolically active and can likely influence for example, global cycling of elements.

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Section 61: Animal, Nutritional, and Applied Microbial Sciences

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Section 44: Microbial Biology