Eva Nogales, a senior faculty scientist in the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging (MBIB) Division, was appointed as a foreign member attached to the Natural Sciences Section of the Royal Academy of Exact, Physical, and Natural Sciences of Spain. The Royal Academy, founded in 1847, is tasked with promoting study and research in the mathematical, physical, chemical, geological, and biological sciences, as well as disseminating the knowledge gained thereby. It is made up of a maximum of 72 permanent members, 144 corresponding members, and supernumerary members and foreign members. Nogales, who is also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator and professor at UC Berkeley, obtained her bachelor’s degree in physics from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in Spain. Her research specialty involves using electron microscopy (EM) and image analysis, as well as biochemical and biophysical assays to gain mechanistic insights into crucial molecular processes in the life of eukaryotic cells.
Naomi Ginsberg, a faculty scientist in the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging (MBIB) Division, is among the 2021 class of Fellows elected by the American Physical Society (APS). The APS Fellowship Program recognizes members who have made exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise in research, applications, leadership, service, or education. Ginsberg, who is also a UC Berkeley associate professor of chemistry, was cited for her innovative development of spatiotemporally resolved imaging and spectroscopy methods—as well as their applications in elucidating energy transport in hierarchical and heterogeneous materials and in the formation and transformation of said materials.
Richmond Sarpong, biochemist faculty scientist in the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division has been announced as the 2021 Edward Leete awardee by the Division of Organic Chemistry of the American Chemical Society. Sarpong, who is also a UC Berkeley chemistry professor, is being specifically recognized for his outstanding contributions to research in organic chemistry and teaching.
The Vilcek Foundation has honored Markita del Carpio Landry, faculty scientist in Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging and assistant professor at UC Berkeley, with the 2022 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science. Landry’s work centers on understanding aberrations in neurotransmitter signaling—a fundamental component in psychiatric disorders such as depression, and schizophrenia, and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer disease. She has also led work that has elucidated transport phenomena in plants, which has applications in agricultural biotechnology with regard to the development of food and medicine.
Four Biosciences employees were selected by Berkeley Lab leadership and the Women Scientists and Engineers Council (WSEC) for recognition as part of the 2020 Women @ the Lab awards. The biennial program, now in its fourth year, spotlights women at the Lab for meritorious professional contributions, leadership, mentorship, and outreach.