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Joan M. Walker received a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry in 2015 from Indiana University, where her research focused on the interaction between metallic nanoparticles and proteins under visible light excitation. After a brief internship in the Conservation Science Department at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, she was hired as a conservation scientist at the National Gallery of Art. Her interest in conservation dates back to her undergraduate career at Washington University in St. Louis (B.A., summa cum laude, Chemistry and Art History) and subsequent position as conservation technician at the Indiana Historical Society.

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