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WSU Research Vice President for Research Distinguished Lecture

Vice President’s Distinguished Lecture

Hear world-renowned experts whose ideas shape their fields

PNNL and WSU: Working Together to Address our Nation’s Grand Research Challenges


Malin Young, Ph.D.
Deputy Director of Science and Technology
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

March 21, 2017 | 3 p.m. Reception | 3:30 p.m. Lecture
WSU Pullman Campus
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As deputy director of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s science and technology efforts, Malin Young, Ph.D. is responsible for integrating PNNL’s capabilities to address critical challenges in science, energy, the environment, and national security. She also manages PNNL’s institutional science and technology investments and technology commercialization activities.

PNNL and WSU have a long-standing partnership that includes joint faculty appointments, collaborative research efforts and opportunities for graduate students and postdocs. Learn how the partnership results in important scientific discovery and technology development that tackle our nation’s energy, environment and security challenges.

Meet Dr. Young

Dr. Young began serving as deputy director for science and technology at the PNNL in October 2015. Prior to joining PNNL, Dr. Young served as director of the Biological and Engineering Sciences Center at Sandia National Laboratories at the Livermore, CA, campus. In that role, she was responsible for leading the performance of exploratory science and the development of technology to address pressing national needs in energy security, homeland security, and national defense.

Dr. Young joined Sandia in 1999, where she initiated a research program that applied new experimental and computational methods to solve the structures of proteins embedded in cell membranes. Since 2003, she managed multiple research organizations at Sandia, as well as managing bioenergy and national security programs funded by DOE’s Office of Science, the National Nuclear Security Agency, the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense, and the National Institutes of Health. Her career included serving as deputy to the vice president of Sandia’s California site, where she oversaw California operations and coordinated operations with Sandia’s New Mexico site.

An expert in rational drug design, bioinformatics, mass-spectrometry data analysis, and protein-structure prediction and modeling, she has published more than 30 peer-reviewed papers and is an inventor on three patents. She won the Frank P. Goyan Award for Excellence in Physical Chemistry from the University of California San Francisco.

A native of Washington State, Dr. Young earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Genetics from Oregon State University and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of California, San Francisco.

About the lecture series

The Distinguished Lecture Series invites world-renowned experts to WSU to share ideas and spark conversations around research that addresses society’s biggest challenges. Invited lecturers are leaders in their fields and have ties to WSU’s Grand Challenge research priorities: sustaining health, sustainable resources, opportunity and equity, and national security.


Past lectures


Dr. Dimitri Kusnezov, Supercomputing and Biomedical Research

Dr. Kusnezov and WSU Vice President for Research Chris Keane at the Allen Institute in Seattle, WA.


Anne Harrington, U.S. Nuclear Non-Proliferation Program, It’s Challenges, and the Role of a Research University

Anne Harrington and Vice President for Research Chris Keane during their tour of the Nuclear Radiation Center from director Don Wall.
Washington State University