Dr. Carleen Bowers | Venture Associate, University of Virginia's Seed Stage Venture Capital Fund
Carleen is a Venture Associate with the University of Virginia’s Seed Stage Venture Capital Fund (UVA LVG Seed Fund). She is responsible for identifying and evaluating new ventures and investment opportunities emerging from the University. She also manages the Fund’s growing portfolio of companies, and serves as a Board Advisor to Ceres Nanosciences, Inc.
Carleen completed the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (NSF I-CorpsTM) entrepreneurial training program as a Principal Investigator at NanoSonic, Inc., an advanced materials and devices company that is a spinoff from research at Virginia Tech. She is now a member of the teaching team for UVA’s regional NSF I-Corps Program.
Carleen was a postdoctoral fellow with Professor George M. Whitesides at Harvard University, where she investigated charge transport properties across organic thin films. Carleen earned her doctoral degree in chemistry from Duke University (with Professor Eric J. Toone), where she developed unconventional nanofabrication methods to pattern organic and biological molecules on surfaces at the nanoscale. She also investigated the thermodynamic parameters of molecular recognition between proteins and their ligands using single molecule force microscopy. Carleen’s research has been published in more than 23 peer-reviewed publications.