Valerie C. Pierre, PhD

Professor, Department of Chemistry
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237 Smith Hall
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States


Professor, Department of Chemistry


PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2005

Engineer’s Diploma, Ecole Superieure de Chimie, Lyon, 2001

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The Pierre's research group exploits coordination and organic chemistry to solve medical and environmental problems. The group uses siderophores, natural products synthesized by bacteria to chelate iron, as a template to design novel chemical probes and imaging agents to rapidly diagnose bacterial infections in vitro and in vivo and to develop antibiotics with improved efficacy against antimicrobial-resistant bacteria. 

As part of our environmental efforts, we are designing new complexes, supramolecular receptors and polymeric membranes to remove pollutants and toxic compounds such as phosphates, arsenate and cyanide from surface water.

Awards & Recognition

  • Edward I. Stiefel award in Bioinorganic Chemistry, 2012
  • NSF CAREER, 2012
  • Earle C. Anthony Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, 2002-2003
  • Rhône-Alpes Fellowship, France, 2000-2001
  • Leonardo Fellowship, European Union, 1999-2000