Associate professor, Reed College, Chemistry Department

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Kelly Chacón

Statement of interest

I am thrilled at the opportunity to stand for election for the ASBMB Nominating Committee. The ASBMB has continually pushed for visibility, representation and wellness of minoritized groups in the biochemical sciences while also highlighting our amazing science! As a proud member of the committee, I would be in a position to scout for, promote and amplify diverse voices of our organization and provide opportunities for those folks to become more involved with the society. I am also very active professionally on Twitter and feel strongly that I can use that platform to convey and recruit talented people for the many opportunities for leadership within our organization.

Education and training

  • G.E.D. and pre-reqs, Clatsop Community College and Mt. Hood Community College in Oregon, 2003–2005
  • B.S., Biochemistry, Portland State University, 2009
  • Ph.D., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Oregon Health & Science University, 2015

Awards and honors

  • Ed Steifel Young Investigator Award, Metals in Biology Gordon Research Conference, 2021
  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2019
  • Vertex Scholar, 2014
  • Graduate Research Fellow, National Science Foundation, 2011


  • Editorial advisory board member and contributor, ASBMB Today, 2019–present
  • Editorial advisory board, Inorganic Chemistry, current
  • Advisory committee (at-large), American Chemical Society Division of Biological Chemistry, current.
  • Chair, Gordon Research Seminar in Bioinorganic Chemistry, 2016
  • Graduate student organization president, Oregon Health & Science University, 2013–2015.
  • Graduate student chair, Oregon Health & Science University Research Week, 2013
  • American Chemical Society student chapter president, Portland State University, 2007–2008