KATHERINE KANTARDJIEFF
Board Member
Dean, College of Science and Mathematics, California State University San Marcos

Katherine is one among a growing list of women science deans and is beginning her fifth year as the founding dean of the College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) at California State University San Marcos.

An academic with 27 years of experience in the California State University system, Dr. Kantardjieff established and directs the Keck Center for Molecular Structure (CMolS), a full service and comprehensive X-ray diffraction facility serving the 23 campuses of the California State University system as a core facility of the California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) consortium. As Director of CMolS, she has been a pioneer in remote enabling of instrumentation in chemistry and stewards a research partnership between the CSU and the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource.

As Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, Katherine Kantardjieff is an innovative and engaged leader who works with faculty and staff to create an exceptional educational environment that supports and enriches the intellectual and economic life of our region and the state. CSM is committed to be a resource for innovation and workforce development in the region we serve: North San Diego County, Southwest Riverside County, and South Orange County. Katherine Kantardjieff is a member of the CONNECT San Diego Board of Directors, the BIOCOM Board of Directors, the Cyber Security Institute San Diego Advisory Board and the Steering Committee for the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering.

Prior to joining San Marcos as Dean of CSM, Katherine Kantardjieff held academic appointments as Professor and Chair of Chemistry at California State Polytechnic University Pomona and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at California State University Fullerton. She received B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Southern California, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physical Chemistry from the University of California at Los Angeles. Katherine Kantardjieff is a biophysical chemist and crystallographer, whose research utilizes combined experimental and computational approaches to better understand how structure controls chemical and physical properties of biomolecules, and applies this knowledge in drug design and development, as well as in engineering molecules with defined properties. 

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