Born: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Lives: Minneapolis, with her husband, two children and dog
Title: Associate professor of chemistry
Selected awards: The National Institutes of Health New Innovator Award, Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, Joseph Black Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry
Hobbies: Urban scavenger hunt races with her research team
Reading: "And So It Goes," a biography of Kurt Vonnegut Jr., her favorite author
Best part about being a mom: Little kid hugs