Amy Herr has received the 2019 Faculty Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Mentoring at UC Berkeley. The award from the Visiting Scholar and Postdoc Affairs Program recognizes the critical role mentoring plays in growing recent PhDs into leaders in academia and industry. Herr is a professor of bioengineering at UC Berkeley and a Berkeley Lab Biosciences Area faculty engineer with a primary appointment in Biological Systems and Engineering (BSE) and a secondary appointment in Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging (MBIB). She was selected from an esteemed group of UC Berkeley faculty by a committee of the Berkeley Postdoctoral Association.
Faculty scientist Jennifer Doudna was recently honored by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, which awarded her the 2019 Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest, and by the Microbiology Society, which bestowed its 2019 Prize Medal on her.More »
Holger Müller has been elected as a 2019 Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). An associate professor of physics at UC Berkeley and a faculty scientist in Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging (MBIB), he was nominated by the APS Topical Group Precision Measurement & Fundamental Constants. Müller, whose worked is premised on the notion that precision measurements of fundamental quantities can help address the great challenges facing physicists, was cited “for advances in the manipulation of matter waves, including their application to precision measurement of the fine structure constant, to constraint on forces from light scalar fields posited to be dark energy candidates, and to the development of a phase plate for electron microscopy.”
Using a forward genetics approach, a team of Biosciences researchers revealed that the enzyme hexokinase (HXK1), which is involved in sugar metabolism in organisms ranging from bacteria to plants to humans, is necessary for the regulation of photosynthesis and metabolism in the green alga Chromochloris zofngiensis. Kris Niyogi, a faculty scientist in Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging (MBIB), was senior author on the paper, published in Nature Communications Biology.More »
Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences Mary Maxon has announced the release of the 2019 version of the 10-year Biosciences Scientific Strategic Plan (BSP). The plan was refreshed this year to reflect a deeper integration of computing across our science strategies, increased the emphasis on biodetection and biosecurity, and to restructure the Health pillar to more accurately describe the enduring capabilities in Biosciences. In addition, the BSP implementation team was asked to take a look forward to 2028—five years beyond the end of the current BSP—to signal new concepts for the future.More »