Texas A&M University
Dr. Karen L. Wooley is a University Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Laboratory for Synthetic-Biologic Interactions at Texas A&M University. She joined the faculty in 2009, and her research interests are in the synthesis and characterization of degradable polymers derived from natural products. Her findings impact sustainability, resulting in new bioplastics that have reduced reliance on petrochemicals and break down naturally to produce biologically beneficial and environmentally benign degradation products. Dr. Wooley was recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences, and she is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Inventors, and the Royal Society of Chemistry, among others. She has consulted for several companies, from Fortune 500 enterprises to start-ups and law firms, and she also has service to the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and the Dutch Biomedical Materials Program. Dr. Wooley’s honors include the American Chemical Society Award in Polymer Chemistry and the Royal Society of Chemistry Centenary Prize. Further, and as evidence of her excellence in instruction and mentoring, Dr. Wooley has received a Texas A&M University Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching. She is co-founder and President of Sugar Plastics, LLC and Chief Technology Officer of Teysha Technologies, LTD.