Kehau A. Hagiwara
National Institute Of Standards And Technology ( USA)
I received my BS in Marine Sciences and my PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. My thesis focused on the isolation, identification, and structure elucidation of bioactive natural products from Hawaiian organisms. I moved to Charleston, SC as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in a joint position between the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) and National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST), where I worked on utilizing NMR-based metabolomics as a bioprospecting tool for hyperthermophilic microbial compounds.
I’ve recently transitioned (2020) to a Research Chemist postion at NIST where I am addressing biochemical measurement challenges in microbial systems through metabolomics analyses, and working with stakeholders to identify ways to address community needs and issues. This builds on my previous work, as a 2018 awardee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine National Research Council Research Associateship, on the development of a microbial biofilm model for metabolomics.
Since 2019, I have served as the Inaugural Chair of the Metabolomics Association of North America (MANA) Early Career Members Council. In addition to professional development activities, I interact with a variety of programs that aim to increase female, Native Hawaiian, and minority representation in STEM (including Nā Pua Noʻeau, Keaholoa STEM Scholars, Students of Hawaiʻi Advanced Research Program, among others).