Rebecca A. Butcher received her A.B. in Chemistry at Harvard University working with Gregory Verdine. She earned her Ph.D. with Stuart Schreiber at Harvard as an NSF predoctoral fellow. She then pursued postdoctoral studies with Jon Clardy at Harvard Medical School, supported by an NIH NRSA postdoctoral fellowship and an NIH Pathway to Independence award. She began her independent career in 2010 in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Florida and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2017. Dr. Butcher is the recipient of an NIH Pathway to Independence Award, a Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, a New Scholar in Aging Award from the Ellison Medical Foundation, and a CAREER award from the NSF. She was named a Sloan Fellow by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and a Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.