Dr. Reed graduated magna cum laude in three years with a B.A. in chemistry from Winthrop College, South Carolina, and earned a Fulbright grant for study at the University at Göttingen, Germany, before pursuing her Ph.D. in biochemistry at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Dr. Reed was then awarded an N.I.H. fellowship at Johns Hopkins University before coming to Juniata in 1976. She was part of the first Juniata faculty exchange with Catholic University of Lille, France, in 1980 and later directed Juniata's Foreign Exchange Program. Serving as department chairperson from 1982-85, she has taught all levels of college chemistry from introductory chemistry through biochemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, and molecular biology, including lab techniques, and research courses. During her sabbatical in 1985-86, she served as a visiting professor of chemistry at the University of North Carolina. In the spring of 2001, she served as interim program director for the Brethren Colleges Abroad study site at the Cochin University of Science and Technology in Cochin (CUSAT), southern India; in addition she helped to develop a program for students in the sciences to study at CUSAT.
She received the 1993 Beachley Distinguished Professor Award for outstanding teaching.
Her research interests include biochemistry and enzyme analysis. She has supervised the research projects of more than 70 undergraduates. Dr. Reed has also taught in the general education program, including the first-year writing courses; she was a member of the staff for the general education course, Heart of India, for the time the course was in effect (1989-1998). She has received a National Science Foundation grant, matched by the Whitaker Foundation totaling $113,160 for equipment for biochemistry lab courses, and has served as program director for a grant of $900,000 from the Howard Hughes Medical Foundation for program improvements in the biology and chemistry departments, awarded 1991. Professor Reed has been an active member of the American Chemical Society, having served as secretary and president of the central Pennsylvania section.
She is married to chemistry professor Tom Lyons Fisher and enjoys performing with an amateur recorder group interested in early music.