Patricia M. Dove

University Distinguished Professor and C.P. Miles Professor of Science

The Dove group is focused on understanding crystal nucleation and growth, specifically biomineralization— the processes by which organisms produce minerals within their tissues to form the functional structures that we know as skeletons and other organic-mineral composites. Findings from these studies are relevant to diverse problems in science and engineering. These include new materials synthesis, biomedical calcification, and cementation. Dove’s work has appeared in Science, Nature, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, and Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta, among others. She is a recipient of the Clarke Medal, Dana Medal, and the US DOE Best University Research Award (twice). Dr. Dove was selected as a Virginia Outstanding Scientist in 2013 and received the 1996 Amoco CETL Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award. She was elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2012 and is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, Mineralogical Society of America, Geochemical Society, and European Association of Geochemists.


Ph.D., Geosciences, Princeton University, 1991

M.S., Geochemistry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1984

B.S., Agronomy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1980

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