Heather King, Ph.D., is the director of the Chemical Probes Portal, an independent organization created with support from the SGC and the Wellcome Trust. The Portal provides expert advice and guidance in the use of small molecule reagents for biomedical studies. Before coming to UNC to develop the Portal, King supported federal research programs by creating systems for data collection, organization, and sharing at a science communications and consulting firm. In addition to research program support, King has experience in teaching and biomedical research.
King was trained as a protein biochemist and structural biologist in the Tri-Institutional Program in Chemical Biology (TPCB) run by Weill Cornell Medical College, The Rockefeller University, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. After earning an M.S. in Chemistry from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from The Rockefeller University, King worked as an NIH postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences.
King is interested in the possibilities and the everyday practice of open science as well as data sharing tools, and using data analytics and visualization to communicate research results and program strategy.