Debbie Crans

Faculty, CWGE
Professor, Chemistry

Debbie C. Crans is a Professor of Organic, Inorganic and Biological Chemistry and of Cell and Molecular Biology at Colorado State University where she is Professor Laureate of the College of Natural Sciences. She did her undergraduate studies in Denmark in Biochemistry and Physical Organic Chemistry and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University. She did her postdoctoral studies at University of California, Los Angeles. She established the International Vanadium Symposium and in 2022 she will chair the 45th International Coordination Chemistry Conference in Colorado. She serves both the American Chemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry. She is a 2015 Author Cope Scholar and a 2004 Vanadis Awardee. Her research interests are in the areas of organic and inorganic drugs, metals in medicine, membranes, coordination chemistry and spectroscopy, and she works on diseases such as diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s and tuberculosis. When Crans received tenure at CSU she was the 7th female in the US to received tenure in Organic Chemistry and has since then worked to improve the environment for underrepresented female chemists and other females in life sciences. She has mentored many successful students and as a graduate of the first class of Fellows of the Faculty Institute of Inclusive Excellence continues to work to improve the environment for underrepresented groups.