Vivian Lin earned her PhD in organic chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley with Professor Chris Chang, developing fluorescent probes for imaging redox active small molecules. Afterward, she traveled to Switzerland for a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Professor Kris McNeill at ETH Zürich, studying the photochemical reactivity of organic matter in aquatic systems. Lin joined the Chemical Biology team at PNNL as a postdoctoral research associate in 2017 and is now a staff scientist focused on the development and application of chemical biology tools to a variety of biological systems related to human health and the environment.

Disciplines and Skills

  • Organic Synthesis
  • Chemical Biology


  • PhD in Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
  • BA in Biology and Chemistry, Scripps College

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Operational Excellence Award, Environmental and Biological Sciences Directorate, PNNL
  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program Fellowship
  • Amgen Graduate Fellowship in Organic Chemistry



  • Lin V.S., J.J. Rosnow, M.Y. McGrady, D.N. Smercina, J. Nunez, R.S. Renslow, and J.J. Moran. 2020. “Non-destructive spatial analysis of phosphatase activity and total protein distribution in the rhizosphere using a root blotting method.” Soil Biology and Biochemistry 146. PNNL-SA-149591. doi:10.1016/j.soilbio.2020.107820
  • Velickovic D., V.S. Lin, A. Rivas-Ubach, C.R. Anderton, and J.J. Moran. 2019. “An approach for broad molecular imaging of the root-soil interface via indirect matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry.” Soil Biology and Biochemistry.
  • Lin, V. S.; Volk, R. F.; DeLeon, A. J.; Anderson, L. N.; Purvine, S. O.; Shukla, A. K.; Bernstein, H. C.; Smith, J. N.; Wright, A. T. “Structure dependent determination of organophosphate targets in mammalian tissues using activity-based protein profiling.” Chem. Res. Toxicol. 2020, 33, 414–425.  doi:10.1021/acs.chemrestox.9b00344