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As Associate Vice Provost, Caroline (Carrie) Harwood will oversee the limited submissions program, the VISIT program, and assist the Vice Provost in areas related to the administration of Centers and Institutes and other interdisciplinary research efforts. Dr . Harwood received her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1982 and was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University and a research scientist at Cornell University. She joined the faculty of the University of Iowa in 1988 and then moved to the University of Washington in 2005, where she is the Gerald and Lyn Grinstein Professor of Microbiology in the School of Medicine.

Nationally, she has served on numerous committees for the American Society of Microbiology, was an editor of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology and Director of the summer course in Microbial Diversity at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). She is currently a trustee of the MBL.

Dr. Harwood maintains an active research and teaching program focused on fundamental questions in bacterial physiology including how bacteria sense surfaces, how bacteria survive long-term starvation and biofuel production by bacteria. She is the recipient of the Proctor and Gamble Award in Applied and Environmental Microbiology. She is also an Elected Fellow of the Washington State Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2009.