Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at Austin
Livia Schiavinato Eberlin was born and raised in Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil. Her passion for mass spectrometry started as an undergraduate student. During her sophomore year at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in São Paulo, she started research in mass spectrometry in the Thomson Laboratory. That same year, she visited the Aston Laboratory at Purdue University and continued on as an undergraduate research assistant during subsequent summers. In 2007, she received her B.S. in Chemistry from UNICAMP. In 2008, she entered the PhD program in Analytical Chemistry at Purdue University under the mentorship of Professor R. Graham Cooks. During her PhD, Eberlin developed and applied ambient ionization mass spectrometry imaging to human cancer diagnosis and surgical margin evaluation. In recognition of her innovative PhD work, Eberlin received several awards including the Nobel Laureate Signature Award from the American Chemical Society. In 2012, she started her postdoctoral work at Stanford University under the guidance of Professor Richard N. Zare, where she continued to develop mass spectrometry technology for biomedical research. During that period, she received the L’Oréal for Women in Science Fellowship, a K99 pathway to independence award from the NIH/NCI, and was part of the Forbes 30 under 30 list in Science and Healthcare.
In 2016, Eberlin officially started her independent career as an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department at the University of Texas at Austin. She has since formed a group with 11 graduate students, several undergraduate research assistant, and a research associate. Her research group is focused on developing innovative mass spectrometry technologies to address critical problems in health-related research. Within the last 3 years, her group has published 12 articles and received several research grants. As a professor, Eberlin has received the 2017 Marion Milligan Mason Award for Women in the Chemical Sciences, and was recently named a 2018 Sloan Research Fellow, 2018 MacArthur Fellow, and a 2018 Moore Inventor Fellow.