Cynthia J. Burrows is the Thatcher Presidential Endowed Chair of Biological Chemistry and Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of Utah.
Professor Burrows' research program investigates the organic and biological chemistry of DNA and RNA base modifications with a focus on free radical chemistry of guanine, the most easily oxidized base in the genome. Modifications to DNA bases are often mutagenic and underlie age-related disorders such as cancer. Recently, her lab has turned to whole genome sequencing to analyze the impact of oxidative stress, and surprisingly have uncovered epigenetics aspects of DNA oxidation that regulate gene expression. She was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009 and elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2014. Burrows is the author of approximately 200 research articles and 10 patents. She serves as Editor-in-Chief of the ACS journal Accounts of Chemical Research.