Dr. Cynthia J. Burrows is Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of Utah and presently Chair of the Department of Chemistry. She was raised in St. Paul, Minnesota and Boulder, Colorado. Her early training was in physical organic chemistry with Prof. Stan Cristol at the University of Colorado (B. A. 1975) and Prof. Barry Carpenter at Cornell University (Ph.D., 1982), followed by a NSF-CNRS postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn, Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg (1981-83). From 1983-1995, she held the positions of Assistant through Full Professor of Chemistry at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, before returning to the West to take a position at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City in 1995.
Prof. Burrows has been a member of numerous editorial boards and review panels; from 2001-2013, she served as Senior Editor of the Journal of Organic Chemistry, and in 2014, began as Editor-in-Chief of Accounts of Chemical Research. She is a past recipient of the Robert Parry Teaching Award and in 2011 of the University Distinguished Teaching Award; her research was recently recognized with the ACS Utah Award, ACS Cope Scholar Award, and the University of Utah's Distinguished Creative and Scholarly Research Award. In 2009, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2013 she was appointed the inaugural holder of the Thatcher Presidential Endowed Chair of Biological Chemistry. In 2014, she received the Linda K. Amos Award for Distinguished Service to Women at the University of Utah and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.