Marya Lieberman


Chemistry & Biochemistry


Marya Lieberman grew up in Berkeley, California.  She studied Chemistry at MIT, graduating in 1989 with three years of experience as a chemistry TA.  She received her PhD in 1994 from the University of Washington in Seattle, studying with Professor Tomikazu Sasaki.

Her PhD project involved de novo design of a small metalloprotein. She won an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship that sent her down the coast to CalTech, where she worked in Professor Nathan Lewis's group and studied surface chemistry of silicon.   In 1996, she moved to Notre Dame as a member of the Chemistry and Biochemistry department, where she was promoted to associate professor in 2002. She has run two large REU programs and maintains an active research program with high school teachers and students in addition to her graduate research program.

Her research interests center on self-assembly and surface chemistry, including biomolecule adhesion to surfaces, ultra-high resolution patterning, and self-assembling DNA nanostructures ("DNA origami"). She has taught general chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, forensic chemistry, and chemistry and public policy.  She would be happy to discuss course design issues, laboratory experiments and undergraduate research, and teaching technical communication (writing, posters, and oral presentations) in science classes.