Dr. Lisa M. Balbes earned her Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her undergraduate degrees in chemistry and psychology from Washington University in St Louis. She spent several years as a computational chemist at Research Triangle Institute, conducting protein and small molecule modeling experiments in support of drug discovery. Since 1992, she has provided technical writing and editing services as Balbes Consultants, LLC, with clients including Washington University Medical School, Bausch and Lomb Surgical, SigmaAldrich, Stereotaxis, Pine Instrumentation, the US FDA, and many others.
She has been an American Chemical Society volunteer career consultant since 1993, providing career management advice and information to literally thousands of scientists. She is the author of the book “Nontraditional Careers for Chemists: New Formulas in Chemistry”, published by Oxford University Press, and over 200 published articles. She is an ACS certified master workshop facilitator, and an internationally invited speaker on various career topics, with almost 300 presentations to date.
Lisa is active with the Boy Scouts of America as an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 352, the New Horizons District STEM Committee and the Greater St Louis Area Council STEM Committee, an on the national BSA STEM in Scouting Committee. In 2017, she was the Director of STEM Quest at the National Scout Jamboree, and in 2019 she served as STEM Curriculum Developer for Centro Mondial at the World Scout Jamboree.