Dr. Linda Hicke joined the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin as dean in July 2012. She holds the Robert E. Boyer Chair in Natural Sciences. Prior to her appointment at UT, Hicke was at Northwestern University, where she had been on the faculty since 1996.
Hicke began her career at Northwestern as an assistant professor of biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology and was promoted to full professor in 2006. At Northwestern, she served as the director of the Center for Cell and Developmental Biology and as an associate chair in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology. From 2008 to 2012, she served as associate vice president for research.
Hicke received a bachelor's degree from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California where she majored in chemistry and graduated summa cum laude. She then received a doctorate degree in biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. Immediately after, she completed two postdoctoral fellowships, the first at the University of California at San Francisco and the second at the University of Basel in Switzerland.
Hicke's research interest is the role of ubiquitin in regulating protein traffic in eukaryotic cells, a subject that she has published about widely in journals such as Cell, Molecular Cell, The EMBO Journal, Nature Cell Biology and the Journal of Cell Biology.
She has received multiple awards, including a Searle Scholars Award, a Burroughs Wellcome Fund New Investigator Award in the Basic Pharmacological Sciences, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and the Women in Cell Biology Career Recognition Junior Award from the American Society for Cell Biology.
Hicke was elected to the governing council of the American Society for Cell Biology from 2004 to 2006 where she was the program chair for the society's national meeting in 2005. As a council member, she was involved in setting policy for the society on scientific, educational and political issues. In addition, she has chaired other international meetings or conferences and served on NIH study sections and as an ad hoc reviewer for numerous scientific journals.