Claire Vieille is an associate professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the College of Natural Sciences (CNS). Her MSU research has focused on studying microbial metabolism and individual microbial proteins, with the goal of engineering them for industrial applications. At the national level, Claire serves as a masthead editor for the scientific journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. At the university level, she cofounded and was the associate director of the Quantitative Biology (QB) interdisciplinary PhD program (2006–2017), and she served on the Genetics PhD program’s executive committee (2014–2017). She currently serves as the associate director of the BioMolecular Sciences (BMS) Gateway Program, and as a facilitator for CNS’s college-wide workshops in cultural competency for personal, organizational, and community change.
Claire is excited to have the opportunity to learn from Dean Christopher P. Long in the College of Arts and Letters and from Dean Ronald Hendrick in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources through the AAN Leadership Fellows program. Through the multiple networking opportunities offered by the program, she is eager to learn more about how deans help their colleges, how a dean’s office functions, how the different colleges’ professional training opportunities benefit graduate students, and how different colleges promote diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels. During her AAN fellowship, Claire hopes to contribute to MSU by increasing the interchange of ideas between colleges. In the future, she looks forward to serving MSU in leadership roles.