M. Graca H. Vicente, PhD, received her doctoral degree in chemistry from the University of California-Davis in 1990. She completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Bourgogne in France (1991), the University of Geneva in Switzerland (1991-1993), and ITQB (Research Institute) in Portugal (1993). She is Charles H. Barré Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Chemotherapy/Materials in the Department of Chemistry at LSU in Baton Rouge. Her research interests include the physiochemical and biological properties of new fluorescent porphyrin-based macrocycles and their development of for application in medicine--e.g. diagnosis, photodynamic therapy (PDT), and boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) of cancer.