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Education / Research Background

Haack began her own career in science at the UO, graduating with a B.S. in chemistry in 1986. She received her Ph.D. in biology at the University of Utah, followed by a postdoc in pharmacology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After returning to UO as an Adjunct Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow in chemistry, she worked with Rick Dahlquist and Carlos Bustamante as a Howard Hughes Research Associate.

Before returning to the University as the Assistant Department Head for chemistry, Haack worked as the Director of Research for Emerald Diagnostics, a Eugene start-up company specializing in fine particle and diagnostic technology development and as the Director of Product Development and Design for Nutri-Logics, Inc., a biotech start-up company dedicated to designing nutritional supplements for cancer prevention. She was responsible for coordinating research to develop dietary supplements that could reduce an individual’s risk for cancer.