Christine Luscombe is a Professor at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University in Japan. Previously, she was the Robert J. Campbell Associate Professor in Material Science and Engineering at the UW. She received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge (UK) in 2005. She has received the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, DARPA Young Faculty Award, UW CoE Junior Faculty Innovator Award, as well as the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship. Her research ranges from small molecule to polymer synthesis and is directed towards the design, synthesis, and applications of functional macromolecules. Current topics of research include semiconductor polymer synthesis for photovoltaic applications.