Gary Brudvig is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Chemistry as well as a Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1976 and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1981. Following postdoctoral studies as a Miller Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, he joined the Yale faculty in 1982 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Professor in 1991. He has served in the Chemistry Department as Director of Graduate Studies, Director of Undergraduate Studies and most recently from 2003-2009 as Department Chair. Professor Brudvig was named a Searle Scholar in 1983, a Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar in 1985 and a Sloan Research Fellow in 1986, was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1995 and has served as Associate Editor for the American Chemical Society journal Biochemistry since 2000. He has published over 225 papers in assorted journals including the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Science, Biochemistry and Journal of Physical Chemistry. His research examines the molecular basis of water oxidation in plant photosynthesis in order to understand how nature converts light energy into chemical energy. Using insights gained from the natural system, he is working to develop a system that will efficiently produce renewable fuel by using water-oxidation catalysts attached to nanostructured TiO2.