Noemi Mirkin was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She received her Licenciado degree in Physics from the National University of Tucuman in 1973 and her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Michigan in 1989. Mirkin stayed at the University of Michigan first as a postdoctoral fellow in the Physics Department, and later joined the Biophysics Research Division as an Assistant Research Scientist.
Mirkin’s research has been in the general area of vibrational spectroscopic studies of peptide and protein structure. Over the years, her research interests have included a variety of topics in experimental infrared and Raman spectroscopy; normal mode analysis; surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy; quantum chemical studies of structures, energies and force fields of macromolecules. Her recent work has concentrated in obtaining force fields by ab initio methods to be used in the development of spectroscopically reliable molecular mechanics energy functions for molecular dynamics of macromolecules.
She has served the American Physical Society as a member of the Executive Committee of the Forum on International Physics. She is currently serving in the Executive Committee of the Biophysics Research Division of the University of Michigan. She has also held leadership roles in the Association of Women in Science, the Council of the Michigan Chapter of Sigma Xi, the University of Michigan Hispanic Alumni Council, and the National Board of Directors of the University of Michigan Alumni Association. She is a member of Sigma Xi, the Society for Applied Spectroscopy, AAAS, the National Society of Hispanic Physicists, and the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science.