Sandra Rosenthal is the Jack and Pamela Egan Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Physics, Pharmacology and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Vanderbilt University, where she also serves as the Director of the Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. The Rosenthal research group at Vanderbilt is involved in the study of properties and applications of semiconductor nanocrystals. She is an accomplished author, and has written or co-written more than 116 scientific publications and the edited volume Nanobiotechnology Protocols. Rosenthal has received the Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award, the National Science Foundation Career Award, the Madison-Sarratt Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the Jeffery Nordhauss Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Natural Sciences, and Vanderbilt’s Distinguished Faculty Award. She received her B.S. with Honors in Chemistry from Valparaiso University in 1987 while playing women’s basketball, and received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Chicago in 1993.