Lydia Finney, PhD, is the university partnerships lead in the Leadership Institute, and a physicist in the X-ray Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory. In her research, she develops new ways to use x-rays to learn more about the biological roles of metals. Dr. Finney obtained her PhD at Northwestern University in inorganic chemistry, as a Fannie and John Hertz Fellow. She then completed her postdoctoral training in the Biosciences Division of Argonne National Laboratory. She has nearly 50 peer-reviewed works, which have been cited in over 800 other publications. Dr. Finney also is a mother of two young, energetic boys. She cares about mentoring and outreach for women scientists and students, and works as part of the Women in Science and Technology Steering Committee.