Lydia Lee Sohn received her AB (Physics and Chemistry, 1988) from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, and her AM (Physics, 1990), and PhD (Physics, 1992) from Harvard University. She was an NSF/NATO Postdoctoral Fellow in Applied Physics (1992-1993) at Delft University of Technology and a postdoctoral Fellow at AT&T Bell Laboratories (1993-1995). From 1995-2003, Dr. Sohn was an Assistant Professor of Physics at Princeton University. There, her research centered on developing novel techniques to elucidate quantitative information on biological systems. Since 2003, Dr. Sohn has been a member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, first as an Assistant Professor (2003-2005) and now as an Associate Professor (2005-present). Currently, she is focused on probing biological systems—from cells to single molecules—using physics and engineering principles. Sohn has been a recipient of numerous awards, including the DuPont Young Professor Award (1996-1999), NSF Faculty Career Early Development Award (1996-2000), and ARO’s Young Investigator Award (1997-2000).