The Kyle and Josephine Morrow Chair, Professor of Molecular Virology and Microbiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, and Co-Director of the Graduate Program in Quantitative and Computational Biosciences at Baylor College of Medicine
Dr. Lynn Zechiedrich is passionate about mentoring and teaching. An award-winning mentor, Dr. “Z” is sought out by trainees at all levels. She has hosted and advised over 250 scientists in her 23-year career at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), including professors on sabbatical, postdoctoral and medical fellows, and graduate, post-baccalaureate, undergraduate, and high school students. She has published and lectured nationally on mentoring, was BCM’s BRASS Mentor of the Year in 2013, and a Woman of Excellence Awardee in 2017. Dr. Zechiedrich has taught in 13 different courses in the BCM graduate and medical schools.
Teaching excellence is in her genes—her mother was an award-winning Spanish professor, her father an award-winning high school teacher of AP physics and AP chemistry, and her only sibling, Leonard, was the U.S. AP Biology high school teacher of the year.
Dr. Zechiedrich arrived at BCM in 1997 after receiving her BS from the University of Arkansas, her PhD at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine with Neil Osheroff and performing postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley with the late Nicholas Cozzarelli. Her mentors were outstanding teachers and noted experts in the field of DNA topoisomerases. She continues her work on DNA topoisomerases, major antibiotic and anticancer drug targets. Her research evolved to include gene therapy using Minivectors, small circular DNAs with many applications for which she holds multiple patents.
Dr. Zechiedrich has trained scientists from diverse fields, including medicine, mathematics, statistics, physics, structural biology, and computer science. Her transdisciplinary and innovative research led to her election in 2017 as a Fellow in the National Academy of Inventors.
She has published more than 66 articles and book chapters and given over 180 invited talks. She served on numerous grant review committees, reviews for 48 different peer-reviewed journals, and served on multiple editorial boards.
As an Ambassador for Inclusion and Diversity for BCM, Dr. Zechiedrich is committed to an environment of inclusive excellence.
Lynn enjoys scuba diving with her family and has played flute in the Texas Medical Center Orchestra for 20 years.