Wenjun Zhang, a faculty scientist in Biosciences’ Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology (EGSB) Division and associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at UC Berkeley, is among the 2019 winners of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The prestigious award, established in 1996 and coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President, is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on early-career researchers.
Awardees are selected on the basis of two criteria: pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and a commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach. Zhang’s work involves the biosynthesis of natural products for applications related to human health and bioenergy.
Nationwide, 315 researchers were named this year, including three others from Berkeley Lab. They will receive their awards during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on July 25.
Read more in the Berkeley Lab News Center.