Sandra Rosenthal is an associate professor of chemistry at Vanderbilt University. The Rosenthal 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 70 scientific publications. She also served as editor for the volume Nanobiotechnology Protocols. Rosenthal received the Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award in 2006, the National Science Foundation Career award, the Madison-Sarratt Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Vanderbilt’s Distinguished Faculty Award. She received her B.S. degree in chemistry and physics from Valpo in 1987, and Ph.D. degree from the University of Chicago in 1993.