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Vice Provost


In November 2005, Mary Lidstrom was appointed Vice Provost for Research for the University of Washington, one of the world's leading research universities. Working collaboratively with the entire UW research community, Lidstrom is committed to ensuring that the UW is an excellent place to do research.

Dr. Lidstrom serves as a Professor in Chemical Engineering and Microbiology and holds the Frank Jungers Chair of Engineering. She is the faculty advisor to the UW GenOM Project, which is an educational initiative to support underrepresented undergraduates in STEM.

As the Associate Dean for New Initiatives in the College of Engineering (1997-2005), Dr. Lidstrom pioneered professional development workshops and consulted extensively with teams interested in setting up interdisciplinary research centers.

Dr. Lidstrom received a B.S. in microbiology from Oregon State University, and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin. As a Leverhulme Fellow in Microbiology, she conducted postdoctoral work at the University of Sheffield, UK. Additionally, Dr. Lidstrom has held academic appointments in the Center for Great Lakes Studies in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and in Environmental Engineering Science at the California Institute of Technology. She is a fellow of the AAAS and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Research Interests

  • Genomic and metabolic manipulations of methylotrophic bacteria. Genomic, physiological and metabolic modeling approaches are used to understand metabolic networks in these bacteria, with the goal of directed manipulation of key metabolic pathways and enzymes for environmentally benign chemical production from methane and methanol.
  • Physiological understanding and systems approaches applied to understanding natural communities.

Lidstrom CV