Fall 2021 | New & Noteworthy: Postdocs & Students


Jennifer HamiltonJennifer Hamilton (Doudna lab) – Genome Writers Guild 2021 Rosalind Franklin Award Finalist

Regina ShinHijai Regina Shin (Zoncu lab) – 2021–2023 Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) Holloway Postdoctoral Fellowship

Daniel SilvermanDaniel Silverman (Dan lab) – 2021 James R. “Jim Bob” Moffett, Sr. Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Parkinson's Foundation and the NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) National Research Service Award (NRSA)

Tina SingTina Sing (Ünal lab) – 2021 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowship in Aging Research

Ben SorumBen Sorum (Brohawn lab) — K99/R00 NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Pathway to Independence Award in the area of Neural Engineering
Akanksha ThawaniAkanksha Thawani (Collins/Nogales lab) – Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Merck Postdoctoral Fellowship


MCB Outstanding Postdoctoral Fellow Award Recipients 

We are excited to announce the recipients of our annual MCB Outstanding Postdoctoral Fellow Awards! Each year, the department honors five postdocs (one in each division) for excellence in research, contributions to the division and department, mentoring, and outreach.


Allison Didychuk
Allison Didychuk (Glausinger lab) seeks to dissect the molecular mechanism of late gene transcription and genome packaging in herpesviruses.


Andrew Manford
Andrew Manford (Rape lab) studies the roles of the ubiquitin system in controlling the interplay between cellular differentiation and metabolism.


Sarah Leinwand
Sarah Leinwand (Scott lab) investigates hormone-driven maturation of spontaneous neural activity and learned behavior.


Moritz Gaidt
Moritz Gaidt (Vance lab) researches how the innate immune system uses bi-functional pathways to detect pathogen virulence.


Fei Hu
Fei Hu (Dan lab) is interested in understanding the neural mechanisms of visual selective attention.



Jesse Garcia CastilloJesse Garcia Castillo (DuPage lab) – 2021 HHMI Gilliam Fellow

Angel Gonzalez-ValeroAngel Gonzalez-Valero (C. Chang lab) – 2021 HHMI Gilliam Fellow



MCB Class of 2021 Sponsored Research Award Recipients

Estephannie AlvarezEstephannie Alvarez (Hayes lab) Marvin MillerMarvin Miller (Vazquez-Medina lab) Anna RiosAnna Rios (Ritchie lab)



Credit: Keegan Houser, UC Berkeley
Congratulations to the recipients of our annual commencement awards for research, academic, and community achievement! We invite you to click the links below to learn about our commencement honors and the 2021 awardees.



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