Robin L. Garrell received her B.S.
degree in Biochemistry with Honors and Distinction from Cornell University in
1978, and Ph.D. in Macromolecular Science and Engineering from the University of
Michigan in 1984. She was an Assistant Professor on the faculty of the University of
Pittsburgh until 1991, when she joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
at the University of California, Los Angeles. At UCLA, she is the elected Chair of the Faculty of The
College of Letters and Science, Associate Director of the Institute for Cell Mimetics in Space Exploration
(CMISE), member of the Biomedical Engineering faculty, and member of the UCLA NSF-IGERT Materials Creation
Training Program and Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Program Executive Boards. She currently serves on
numerous journal Editorial Advisory Boards and on the NIH Bioanalytical Chemistry, Chemistry and Biophysics Study
Garrell was 1999 President of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy. She is the recipient of the
National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, Herbert Newby McCoy Award for
Outstanding Research at UCLA, Iota Sigma Pi Agnes Fay Morgan Award, Hanson-Dow Award for Teaching
Excellence at UCLA, and the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award. She is a Fellow of the American Association
for the Advancement of Science. Garrell's research interests span bioanalytical and surface chemistry, with an
emphasis fundamentals and applications of adhesion and wetting.