Joan S. Valentine

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Joan Selverstone Valentine
Born 1945
Auburn, California[1]
Residence Los Angeles, California
Citizenship United States
Fields Biochemistry
Institutions University of California, Los Angeles
Alma mater Princeton University (Ph.D. 1971)
Smith College (A.B. 1967)
Known for superoxide dismutase, superoxide radical

Joan Selverstone Valentine (born 1945) is a biological inorganic chemist and biochemist.[2] Valentine's current work examines the role of transition metals, metalloenzymes, and oxidative stress in health. Her foremost expertise is superoxide anion and its functional enzyme superoxide dismutase. Valentine has been a member of the faculty of the University of California, Los Angeles since 1980, she has served as Editor-in-Chief of Accounts of Chemical Research since 1994, and she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2005.


In 1967, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Smith College and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Princeton University in 1971.[1]


In 1972, she moved to Rutgers University where she served as Assistant, Associate and Professor of Chemistry. In 1980, she moved to UCLA and became a Professor in 1981. From 1991 to 1994, she also served as Departmental Vice Chair for Research and Administration.

From 1989 to 1995, she was the Associate Editor for the journal Inorganic Chemistry.[1] Valentine served as Director of the UCLA Chemistry-Biology Interface Predoctoral Training Program from 1993 to 2001.


  • Research Career Development Award, NIH, (1976-1981)
  • Alpha Chi Sigma Faculty Research, UCLA, (1985)
  • Smith Medal, Smith College, (1991)
  • McCoy, Caltech, (1996)
  • John C. Bailar, Jr. Medal for Research in Coordination Chemistry, University of Illinois (2004)
  • Glenn T. Seaborg Medal (2008)[3]


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