Ivana Nikolic Hughes

Director

Ivana Nikolic Hughes is the Director of the K=1 Project, Center for Nuclear Studies, Director of Frontiers of Science, and a Senior Lecturer in Discipline in the Department of Chemistry at Columbia. Ivana graduated from Caltech in 1999 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering with Honors, and earned her PhD from Stanford University in 2005, working in the Department of Biochemistry as an American Heart Association Fellow. The topic of her PhD was enzymatic catalysis and protein evolution in the alkaline phosphatase superfamily.

In her work leading the K=1 Project, Ivana combines an interest in global issues with her deep commitment to teaching and mentoring undergraduate students with different academic backgrounds on topics at the intersection of science and society. Ivana's responsibilities lie in overseeing the operations and programming of the Center.