Department of Chemistry, Columbia University
New York, NY 10027
Ivana Nikolic Hughes is the Director of Frontiers of Science and Senior Lecturer in Discipline in the Department of Chemistry. Ivana graduated from Caltech with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, with Honors, in 1999. While at Caltech, she was the recipient of several research fellowships, and conducted research in novel therapeutics at the University of Nis in Serbia, at ETH in Zurich, Switzerland, and at the University of Washington in Seattle. She completed her Senior Thesis under the guidance of Frances Arnold, the first American woman to win a Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Ivana earned her PhD from Stanford University in 2005, working in the Department of Biochemistry as an American Heart Association Fellow. She studied enzymatic catalysis and protein evolution in the alkaline phosphatase superfamily.
Ivana directs Frontiers of Science, working to recruit and train faculty members across all ranks, enhance teaching and oversee all aspects of the development of the curriculum. In addition to her work in Frontiers, Ivana also directs the K1 Project – Center for Nuclear Issues. As part of her efforts in K1, Ivana works with undergraduate students and faculty to promote informed debate on the topic of nuclear technologies, via research, writing and film. Recent work and writing has been featured in Los Angeles Times, CNN, FOX News, and other national and International media outlets.
Ivana is a recipient of the Provost Large Scale Teaching and Learning award, the Global Scholars Program award, and the Provost MOOC award.