New and Noteworthy
By Karen Hronek

Faculty

Jennifer Doudna
Photo: Mark Joseph Hanson

HHMI Investigator and Professor Jennifer Doudna has received the 2018 Chemical Sciences Award from the National Academy of Sciences. The award recognizes her “pioneering discoveries on how RNA can fold to function in complex ways” and her co-invention of CRISPR-Cas9 technology.

Nicole King
Photo: Mark Joseph Hanson

HHMI Investigator and Professor Nicole King is one of four UC Berkeley faculty who received the highly competitive 2018-2019 Miller Professorship Award, allowing her a year to pursue new research directions.

Helen Bateup
Helen Bateup
Elçin Ünal
Elçin Ünal

Photos: Mark Joseph Hanson

MCB Assistant Professors Helen Bateup and Elçin Ünal are recipients of American Association of Anatomists (AAA) Young Investigator Awards. Dr. Bateup received the C.J. Herrick Award in Neuroanatomy and Dr. Ünal the R. R. Bensley Award in Cell Biology, each for important contributions to their respective fields.

Richard Kramer
Photo: Mark Joseph Hanson

Professor Richard Kramer is one of four innovative scientists and physicians to be named a 2017 Gund-Harrington Scholar for research with the potential to advance medical therapies for those suffering from retinal degenerative diseases.

Marla Feller
Marla Feller
Britt Glaunsinger
Britt Glaunsinger

Photos: Mark Joseph Hanson

Professor Marla Feller and HHMI Investigator and Professor Britt Glaunsinger received 2018 Faculty Mentor Awards, which honor members of the Berkeley faculty and teaching staff who have shown outstanding commitment to helping graduate students succeed academically, professionally, and personally. Three faculty members were selected by the Graduate Assembly from a pool of 44 outstanding nominees.

Lin He
Photo: Mark Joseph Hanson

Associate Professor Lin He was appointed to the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Distinguished Chair in Stem Cell Research. The honor recognizes her as “one of UC Berkeley’s most distinguished faculty members in the area of stem cell biology, cancer and related research areas associated with the Siebel Stem Cell Institute.”

Susan Marqusee
Photo: Mark Joseph Hanson

Director of QB3 and Professor Susan Marqusee received the 2018 Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Award from the Protein Society in recognition of her exceptional contributions in protein science which profoundly influence our understanding of biology.

Judith Klinman
Photo: Michael Barnes

Professor Emeritus Judith Klinman was recognized as the first female faculty member in the physical sciences at UC Berkeley. Among her many accolades, Klinman was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Barack Obama in 2012 for her contributions to the field of biochemistry. She is internationally known for her groundbreaking work on enzyme catalysis.

Dan Portnoy
Photo: Mark Joseph Hanson

Professor Daniel Portnoy has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. A leading expert on the foodborne pathogen Listeria, his pioneering research on microbial pathogenesis and many patents have led to cancer immunotherapeutics and novel vaccine discovery.

Barbara Meyer
Photo: Josh Edelson

HHMI Investigator and Professor Barbara Meyer was honored with the 2018 Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal from the Genetics Society of America (GSA), which recognizes Dr. Meyer’s lifetime achievement in the field of genetics and her groundbreaking work on chromosome behaviors that govern gene expression, development, and heredity. She was also awarded the Amory Prize in Medicine and Physiology by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Ming Hammond Evan Miller David Savage

Ming Hammond
Photo: Xin Cindy Wang

Evan Miller
Photo: Mark Joseph Hanson

David Savage
Photo: Mark Joseph Hanson

Assistant Professors Ming Hammond and Evan Miller and Associate Professor David Savage have been “identified as representing the future of biochemistry” by the American Chemical Society.

Abby Dernburg Gian Garriga Evan Miller

Abby Dernburg
Photo: Mark Joseph Hanson

Gian Garriga

Evan Miller
Photo: Mark Joseph Hanson

Jeremy Thorner

Robin Ball

Jeremy Thorner
Photo: Mark Joseph Hanson

Robin Ball

Faculty members Abby Dernburg, Gian Garriga, Evan Miller and Jeremy Thorner, along with lecturer Robin Ball, earned the title of “Faculty Fellows” by participating in the “Transforming STEM Teaching” Faculty Learning Program. We salute their dedication to developing their STEM education expertise.