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Allison A. Campbell

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Acting Associate Laboratory
Director — Earth and Biological Sciences
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
(509) 371-6000

Allison Campbell is director of EMSL, a DOE Office of Science User Facility sponsored by the Office of Biological and Environmental Research and located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). She is also an Associate Laboratory Director at PNNL. During her 10-year leadership of EMSL, she has led significant scientific progress demonstrated through publications of users and EMSL's experts, as evidenced by more than 3555 peer-reviewed journals with an h-index of 41.

As EMSL Director, Campbell is responsible for setting the user facility's vision and advancing the research of its scientific staff and its more than 700 users who come from around the world. EMSL is a DOE Office of Biological and Environmental Research located at PNNL. Since becoming director, she oversaw the rapid deployment of more than 30 new instruments funded with $60 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; secured creation of RadEMSL, a specialized facility designed to accelerate actinide chemistry studies; and construction of a Quiet Wing that houses a unique suite of high-resolution, advanced microscopes. With her leadership of the science, experts and new capabilities, EMSL has provided innovative solutions and enhanced understanding of problems related to atmospheric aerosols, feedstocks, global carbon cycling, biogeochemistry, subsurface science and energy materials.

Dr. Campbell is nationally recognized for her contributions in materials development through her research in the field of biomaterials. She is credited with co-inventing a bio-inspired process to "grow" a bioactive calcium phosphate layer, from the molecular level, onto the surfaces of artificial joint implants (total hip and knee) to extend implant life and reduce rejection. She is also recognized for her work in understanding the role of proteins in biomineralization. Dr. Campbell has been an invited speaker at national and international meetings, and holds six U.S. patents. Additionally, she is an avid promoter of science education, sharing her enthusiasm for science with young students through a number of hands-on education programs.

In 2013, Dr. Campbell was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for her work in the "synthesis of thin films for ceramics and biomaterial development." She has also testified before the House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology regarding the value of research at DOE labs.

She previously served as EMSL's associate director for Scientific Experimental Resources, as an affiliate associate professor at the University of Washington, and a technical group leader of PNNL's materials synthesis and modification team.

Relevant Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2013
  • Elected Member, Washington Academy of Sciences, 2013
  • Gettysburg College Distinguished Alumni Award, 2013
  • Appointed, National Academy of Sciences Chemical Sciences Roundtable, 2012-present
  • Western New York Pioneers in Science Award, 2011
  • Federal Laboratory Consortium Award, 2006
  • R&D 100 Award, 2006
  • American Chemical Society Regional Industrial Innovation Award, 2005
  • George W. Thorn Award, State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, 2003
  • American Chemical Society Outstanding Women in Chemistry, 2002
  • Energy 100 Award for Biomimetic Coating for Orthopedic Implants, 2001
  • Young Alumni Achievement Award for Career Development, Gettysburg College, 2000
  • DOE Basic Energy Sciences Award in Materials Science, 1995.


1991 — Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo
1985 — B.A. Chemistry, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA

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