Joan S. Valentine

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Joan Selverstone Valentine (born 1945) is a biological inorganic chemist and biochemist.[2] Valentine's current work examines the role of transition metals, metalloenzymes, and oxidative stress in health. Her foremost expertise is superoxide anion and its functional enzyme superoxide dismutase. Valentine has been a member of the faculty of the University of California, Los Angeles since 1980. She served as Associate Editor of the journal Inorganic Chemistry from 1989 to 1995, [1]and has served as Editor-in-Chief of Accounts of Chemical Research since 1994. In 2005, she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Joan Selverstone Valentine
Born1945 (age 75–76)
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materPrinceton University (Ph.D. 1971)
Smith College (A.B. 1967)
Known forsuperoxide dismutase, superoxide radical
Scientific career
FieldsBioinorganic chemistry, Biochemistry
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Los Angeles

Early life and educationEdit

Joan S. Valentine was born in Auburn, California in 1945. In 1967, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Smith College and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Princeton University in 1971, where she conducted inorganic photochemistry on dicobalt-dioxygen complexes.[1] After a year as an Instructor at Princeton, she was appointed Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Rutgers University in New Brunswick in 1972.

Independent careerEdit

In 1972, she moved to Rutgers University where she served as Assistant, Associate and Professor of Chemistry. In 1980, she moved to UCLA as Professor of Chemistry. From 1991 to 1994, she also served as Departmental Vice Chair for Research and Administration. Valentine served as Director of the UCLA Chemistry-Biology Interface Predoctoral Training Program from 1993 to 2001.


  • Research Career Development Award, NIH (1976–1981)
  • Alpha Chi Sigma Faculty Research, UCLA (1985)
  • Smith Medal, Smith College (1991)
  • McCoy Award, Caltech (1996)
  • John C. Bailar, Jr. Medal for Research in Coordination Chemistry, University of Illinois (2004)[3]
  • Glenn T. Seaborg Medal (2008)[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Valentine, Joan S." University of California, Los Angeles. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Joan S. Valentine". University of California, Los Angeles. Archived from the original on 2 February 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Bailar Lecturer 2004-05 - Joan S. Valentine | Chemistry at Illinois". Retrieved 2021-05-17.
  4. ^ "AWARDS: Joan Valentine Receives Seaborg Medal". Chemical & Engineering News. American Chemical Society. 86 (47): 50. 2008-11-24. doi:10.1021/cen-v086n047.p050. ISSN 0009-2347.

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