Brent Iverson

Dr. Brent Iverson is chairman of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also the Warren J. and Viola Mae Raymer Professor and a Distinguished Teaching Professor.

Iverson has always been fascinated by the natural world. As a boy, he gravitated toward all things math, science, baseball and golf. During the summer after his freshman year at Stanford, he worked in a research lab and his life's path became clear. He abandoned thoughts of a professional golf career because he discovered his true passion was science in general and chemistry in particular. After his postdoctoral work, he decided to take a position at the University of Texas because he wanted to become a teacher-scholar, not just a researcher. Iverson holds over a dozen issued patents, is the author of a popular organic chemistry textbook, and his laboratory has developed a cure for anthrax that has been licensed commercially and is in very late stage development. In recent years, his love of sports has been focused on running. He and his wife have completed a combined 24 marathons.