Miriam Rossi was born in Italy but studied in the USA first at Hunter College, New York, NY, USA, then at The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA, for her Ph.D. degree in inorganic chemistry under the excellent and able direction of Dr. Thomas J. Kistenmacher. She then continued her career trajectory, first as an NIH postdoctoral candidate and then as Research Associate in the exceptional crystallographic laboratory of Dr. Jenny Pickworth Glusker at the Fox Chase Cancer Center’s Institute for Cancer Research in Philadelphia, PA, USA. She is now The Mary Landon Sague Professor of Chemistry at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, USA. Her teaching obligations include introductory chemistry, advanced inorganic chemistry, structural chemistry and biochemistry, and, most recently, a course in food chemistry. Her research is broadly concerned with the relationship between the structure and function of small molecules, particularly those having biological activity. These include natural plant products that show antitumor activity and others that are strong food antioxidants such as curcumin and resveratrol. The principal technique she uses is single-crystal X-ray diffraction. she is a coauthor of a leading text in this area. She particularly enjoys conducting research with undergraduates, and her students have presented their work at regional, national, and international conferences. Together with her capable collaborators, their work has appeared in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organometallics, Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, and the Journal of Natural Products, among many others. She has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society, and the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. She has taught crystallography courses in Italy and Chile. She is currently a Member of the International Union of Crystallography Commission on Education.
Biography Updated on 1 January 2013