Organic chemist Heather D. Maynard named Associate Editor of JACS

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Professor Heather Maynard named an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and starts the position on February 1, 2021.  

The Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS), founded in 1879, is the flagship journal of the American Chemical Society and the world’s preeminent journal in all of chemistry and interfacing areas of science. This periodical is devoted to the publication of fundamental research papers and publishes approximately 19,000 pages of Articles, Communications, and Perspectives a year. Published weekly, JACS provides research essential to the field of chemistry.

Maynard holds UCLA’s Dr. Myung Ki Hong Endowed Chair in Polymer Science. She is a worldwide leader in the area of protein-polymer conjugates, which are important therapeutics for a variety of diseases. She develops new synthetic methods to make the materials, invents new polymers to improve properties such as stability, and demonstrates preclinical efficacy of her conjugates with an eye towards translation for human health. Maynard also works in the area of smart materials for precision medicine: materials that respond to disease states in the body. 

Maynard’s research and teaching have been recognized by numerous awards including the American Chemical Society Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, Fulbright Specialist Award, Seaborg Award, Bioconjugate Chemistry Lectureship Award, Hanson-Dow Award for Excellence in Teaching and the UCLA Student Development Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award. Maynard is both an American Chemical Society Polymer Chemistry and Polymer Materials: Science and Engineering Fellow. She is also a Leverhulme, Kavli Frontiers, and Royal Society of Chemistry Fellow, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was a member of the United States Defense Science Study Group from 2016-2017.

Maynard is Director of the National Institutes of Health funded Chemistry Biology Interface Training Program and Associate Director for the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA. She is also the co-Director of the new $23.7 million NSF funded BioPACIFIC Materials Innovation Platform at UCLA and UCSB.

To learn more about Maynard’s research, visit her group’s website.

Penny Jennings, UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry,