Erin E. Carlson

Principal Investigator

Erin E. Carlson received her B.A. at St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN) in 2000. She went on to graduate studies funded by the NIH Predoctoral Biotechnology Training Program at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 2005 under the direction of Professor Laura L. Kiessling. Her graduate career focused on the design and synthesis of mechanistic probes and inhibitors for carbohydrate-binding proteins, concentrating on the study of UDP-galactopyranose mutase (UGM), an enzyme involved in cell wall biosynthesis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Subsequently, Dr. Carlson was awarded an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship for studies at The Scripps Research Institute with Professor Benjamin F. Cravatt. Carlson and Cravatt developed a global metabolite profiling strategy that utilizes chemoselective probes to enable enrichment and profiling of metabolites from complex biological systems. This technology, referred to as Metabolite Enrichment by Tagging and Proteolytic Release (METPR), facilitates the rigorous characterization of biochemical pathways through their most sensitive reporter, endogenous small molecules. In 2007, Dr. Carlson received an NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) and joined the faculty at Indiana University in 2008. In the summer of 2014, she joined the faculty in the Chemistry Department at the University of Minnesota and was appointed as a Graduate Faculty member of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics and the graduate program in Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology in 2015.

Since the start of her independent career, she has won numerous awards including being named a Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) recipient, a Pew Biomedical Scholar, the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, the Indiana University Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, the NSF CAREER Award, the Cottrell Scholar Award and was named a Sloan Research Fellow and an Indiana University Dean's Fellow. Professor Carlson has been highlighted in several videos including one produced by NBC in their Science Behind The News series, a fast-paced video series supported by the National Science Foundation. This piece was one of five videos highlighting work funded by NSF's Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences. She was also featured in a "Brilliant Minds" video. Dr. Carlson was also named one of "Tomorrow's PIs" in the sixth annual issue of Genome Technology and received the Outstanding Postdoctoral Mentor Award from the University of Minnesota Postdoctoral Association in 2017.

Positions

Graduate Faculty Member of Department of Pharmacology, University of Minnesota, 2020 - present

Graduate Faculty Member of Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, University of Minnesota, 2015 - present

Graduate Faculty Member of the Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology Program, 2015 - present

Graduate Faculty Member of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Minnesota, 2015 - present

Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Minnesota, 2014 - present

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Indiana University, 2008 - 2014

Education

B.A. Chemistry, St. Olaf College, 2000

Ph. D., Organic Chemistry, University of Wisconsin Madison, 2005 (with Laura L. Kiessling)

Postdoctoral Fellow, The Scripps Research Institute, 2006 - 2008 (with Benjamin F. Cravatt)

Honors & Awards

Outstanding Postdoctoral Mentor Award, University of Minnesota Postdoctoral Association (2017)

Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) Recipient (2016)

Sloan Research Fellow (2013 - 2017)

Indiana University Dean's Fellow (2013 - 2014)

Cottrell Scholar Award (2012 - 2016)

NSF CAREER Award (2012 - 2017)

Indiana University Outstanding Junior Faculty Award (2012) 

NIH Director's New Innovator Award (DP2, 2011 - 2016)

Pew Biomedical Scholar (2010 - 2014)

NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00, 2007 - 2011)

American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow (2006 - 2007)

Ralph F. Hirshmann - Daniel H. Rich Graduate Award in Bio-organic Chemistry (2005)

NIH Predoctoral Fellow, Biotechnology Training Program (2001 - 2004)

American Institute of Chemists Foundation: Outstanding Senior Student (2000)

Phi Lambda Upsilon (Honorary Chemical Society, 2000)

Phi Beta Kappa (Academic Honor Society, 2000)

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Erin E. Carlson, Ph. D.

Associate Professor

 

Department of Chemistry
University of Minnesota
207 Pleasant St. SE 
139 Smith Hall
Minneapolis, MN 55455
carlsone@umn.edu
(612) 625-2580