Fall 2023 | New and Noteworthy: Postdocs and Students


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 postdocs for research, leadership, and service excellence.

Rachel Coombs (Robey Lab) investigates how the extracellular microenvironment in the spleen directs T-cell differentiation using an experimental model of chronic T. gondii infection in mice.

Rory Craig (Merchant Lab) works on genome evolution and transposable elements in eukaryotic algae.

Marta Gajowa (Adesnik Lab) explores synaptic origins of visual tuning properties through fast- and large-scale synaptic connectivity mapping.

Thomas Graham (Tjian and Darzacq Labs) uses single-molecule imaging in live cells to study how protein complexes regulate transcription.

Diane Haakonsen (Rapé Lab) aims to understand how cells can respond to cellular stresses and ensure that the activated stress responses are silenced at the right time to maintain cellular homeostasis.
Chenshu Liu (Dernburg Lab) researches how mechanical forces are transmitted to and sensed by the nuclear envelope in cells undergoing meiosis and oogenesis to ensure oocyte production is both accurate and robust.
Noam Prywes (Savage Lab) is performing a deep mutational scan of rubisco in E. coli.


Cavin-MezaGabriel Cavin-Meza (Heald Lab) – Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellowship  EsbinMeagan Esbin (Tjian Lab) – HS Chau Foundation grant
Gajowa Marta Gajowa (Adesnik Lab) – National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) Postdoc Award GarshottDanielle Garshott (Rapé Lab) – 2023 Life Sciences Research Foundation (LSRF) fellowship
GuptaDinesh Gupta (Nayak Lab) – National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows F32 Award HuangLindsay Xiaolin Huang (Dan Lab) – Second-place poster award at ASAP CRN Collaborative Meeting in San Diego
KimWren Kim (Ingolia Lab) – 2023 National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) Young Investigator Award MuHaiyuan Mu (He Lab) – 2023 Postdoctoral Scholar Award from the Global Consortium for Reproductive Longevity & Equality (GCRLE) for research on retrotransposon function in ovarian aging
PlittMark Plitt (Fisher Lab) – 2023 Jane Coffin Childs Fellow RamamurthyDeepa Ramamurthy (Feldman Lab) – NIH BRAIN Initiative K99/R00 Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award
RamosRaul Ramos (Bautista and Lumpkin Labs) – 2023 Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Hanna Gray Fellow Shi Honglue Shi (Doudna Lab) – The Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowship
SomaiyaRachana Deven Somaiya (Feller Lab) – Weill Neurohub Postdoctoral Fellowship SteenwykJacob Steenwyk (King Lab) – 2023 Life Sciences Research Foundation (LSRF) fellowship
WuKevin Wu (Park Lab) – 2023 Jane Coffin Childs Postdoctoral Fellow ZhangHanlin Zhang (Dillin Lab) – Glenn Foundation for Medical Research fellowship for understanding the molecular basis of human aging
ZhouCoral Zhou (Heald Lab) – 2023 Merton Bernfield Memorial Award from the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)  



SingTina Sing (Assistant Project Scientist, Ünal Lab) – Longevity Impetus Grant to study gametogenesis-specific rejuvenation pathways in aging cells  



Garcia CastilloJesse Garcia Castillo (DuPage Lab) – Lisa Eshun-Wilson DEIBJ Award King Valeria King (Glaunsinger Lab) – Lisa Eshun-Wilson DEIBJ Award
MaarKhansaa Maar (Heald Lab) – Lisa Eshun-Wilson DEIBJ Award Maya-RomeroAlex Maya-Romero (Zoncu Lab) – Dean’s Award for Inclusive Excellence at Berkeley in recognition for commitment to initiatives aimed at promoting inclusion on campus
Onyundo Megan Onyundo (Heald Lab) – HHMI Gilliam Fellows Program SridharanSamvardhini Sridharan (Sudmant Lab) – 2023 Leakey Foundation grant to support advanced doctoral students who are researching human evolutionary origins
Torres VeraHéctor L. Torres Vera (Schepartz Lab) – Lisa Eshun-Wilson DEIBJ Award  





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