Jay Keasling, Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences, announced that N. Louise Glass, PhD, has accepted the position of Division Director for the Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology (EGSB) Division. She will continue as a professor at UC Berkeley while she leads the Division, beginning this July.
Glass attended Colorado State University for her undergraduate education and earned her graduate degree in plant pathology at the University of California, Davis. She was a post-doctoral associate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before starting an assistant professorship at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1989. After ten years in the Department of Botany and The Biotechnology Laboratory at UBC, she joined the faculty at University of California, Berkeley, and ascended to the rank of professor of plant and microbial biology in 2004. Glass is an international leader in fungal genetics, leading an active experimental research program that focuses on cell fusion, programmed cell death, and plant cell wall degradation by fungi. For more information about her work, please visit the Glass Lab website.
This summer, Glass will take over from Trent Northen, who has served as the Interim Division Director for EGSB since the Biosciences re-organization was launched on October 1 of last year. Northen helped to shape this nascent division by developing a strategic plan and encouraging greater collaboration, as well as devoting enormous effort to developing novel scientific programs. As a member of the Biosciences Executive Committee, he provided thoughtful input on Area-wide matters ranging from strategic planning and visioning to policy formulation. In his announcement, Keasling thanked Trent for his excellent service and congratulated and welcomed Glass to Berkeley Lab.