Mary Hatcher-Skeers is a Professor of Chemistry and the Sydney J. Weinberg, Jr. Chair of Natural Sciences. Professor Hatcher-Skeers came the Keck Science Department in 1998. A biophysical chemist, Mary’s research group studies the structure and dynamics of DNA binding sites in order to better understand protein-DNA or Drug-DNA recognition events. She teaches General Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physical Chemistry and has taught in the Scripps Core. Mary particularly enjoys teaching introductory chemistry and has developed a number of new courses including Chemistry 29, Accelerated General Chemistry; Chemistry 14, section 1, a smaller section of General Chemistry for students who want extra help in problem solving; and IBC, Introductory Biological Chemistry. Mary is passionate about improving retention and success for all students in the first semester of chemistry, a traditional curricular roadblock for under-represented students.
Mary has a demonstrated commitment to increasing representation of groups currently underrepresented in STEM fields. In addition to curricular developments, Mary has been a part of the Scripps College Academy and is the faculty liaison for the First Generation @Scripps program.