Biography - Kristin M. Hutchins

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Kristin Hutchins was selected as the recipient of the prestigious 2023 ACA Etter Early Career Award for her outstanding achievement and exceptional potential in crystallographic research. This esteemed award recognizes Dr. Hutchins' exceptional research, innovative techniques, and dedication to advancing our understanding of crystal structures, all by a scientist at an early stage of their independent career.

Dr. Hutchins received her B.S. and Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Iowa. After postdoctoral research at the University of Illinois, she began her independent career in 2017 at Texas Tech University. Kristin’s projects explore how to improve formulation and efficiency of solid pharmaceuticals, identifying connections between crystal structure and physical responses of bulk materials. Her group utilizes complementary intermolecular forces (hydrogen- and halogen bonding) to deliver desirable structural features in thermally responsive materials. All these efforts are firmly anchored in a foundation of crystallography. Kristin is a terrific communicator and she is clearly motivated by a genuine desire to make the audience “understand”. In addition, her presentations are refreshingly free from hyperbole, and she is confident enough to let the science speak for itself.

The ACA Etter Early Career Award was officially presented to Dr. Hutchins during the 2023 ACA Annual Meeting in Baltimore on Sunday, July 11, 2023. Her dedication, innovation, and outstanding contributions to the field of structural science make her an inspiration to aspiring scientists and an invaluable asset to our community.

Christer Aakeroy