Department of Chemistry

College of Letters & Science
Susanna Widicus Weaver

Email address: slww@chem.wisc.edu

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Susanna grew up in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. She received a B.S. in Chemistry from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2000. She received a Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology working with Professor Geoff Blake. From 2005 to 2008 she was a postdoc at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign working with Professor Ben McCall. She then moved to Atlanta, GA and became a professor in the Department of Chemistry at Emory University. In 2020, Susanna became a Vozza Professor of Chemistry & Astronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She now lives in Middleton, WI with her husband, Jeremy Weaver, 5-year old son, Sam, and their cat, Star.

Also: Professor of Astronomy

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Research Description

Our group conducts research in the emerging field of prebiotic astrochemistry where we investigate the chemical mechanisms in space that lead to the development of biological systems. Our research draws from the forefronts of laboratory spectroscopy, observational astronomy, and chemical modeling. It is only through this type of fully integrated research combining spectroscopy, observations, and modeling that we will fully understand the mechanisms driving interstellar chemistry and the pathways for the formation of life.


As a team, we follow our curiosity, maintain a strong work/life balance, and serve our community while doing excellent science.

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