Dr. Ishita Mukerji is Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry in the Molecular Biophysics Program, Wesleyan University. She received her A.B. with honors from Bryn Mawr College in 1983 and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1990. After graduation, Dr. Mukerji worked as a NIH post-doctoral fellow under the guidance of Prof. Thomas G. Spiro at Princeton University. Since 1994, she has been teaching and researching at Wesleyan University, investigating protein-DNA and protein-protein interactions using a variety of spectroscopic approaches. She has been honored with the National Science Foundation Career Development Award (CAREER 1995) and received the Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation Investigator Award ( 2001). Dr. Mukerji is also actively involved in the Biophysical Society. Her research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, the Donaghue Foundation and the American Heart Association. Her research is currently supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.