Breeanna Urbanowicz hails from Indiana, USA. She received her B.S. in Genetic Biology in 2001 from Purdue University, and her Ph.D. in Plant Biochemistry in 2008 from Cornell University. After she spent the winter of 2008 in the frigid cold of central NY, she decided to move somewhere warmer and landed at the University of Georgia as a Postdoctoral Fellow (2008-2013) in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
She joined the faculty at the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center at the University of Georgia in 2013. During this time, she has been performing research as part of the DOE-funded Bioenergy Research Centers and was the Deputy Activity Lead of Cell Wall Biosynthesis in the BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) from 2016-2017 and is currently a Project Lead of Cell Wall Biosynthesis in the Center for Bioenergy Innovation (CBI). Breeanna recently finished her tenure as an Early Career Research Fellow at Oakridge National Laboratory in 2018, and is back home at UGA. Her current research focuses on understanding the structure and function of plant carbohydrate active enzymes involved in polysaccharide biosynthesis and modification, and involves the use of plant hemicellulosic polysaccharides as models to study glycopolymer biosynthesis. Her group is currently supported by projects funded by DOE-BES, DOE-BER, and the NSF.