Current Students

There is an amazing array of opportunities and programs available in the department, at the College of Natural Resources and the university. The links below will get you started in exploring all of the options available at Cal.

Student Groups

Graduate Student Groups

Both groups together elect officers for the academic year. In addition to sharing similar interests, research findings and social activities, the groups also play a strong departmental role. Elected graduate students invite and interact with seminar speakers and provide continuing input to the Graduate Program in Plant & Microbial Biology.

PMB Student Group Officers

Faculty Meeting Representatives and PMB Student Group ChairMonika Fischer (Micro), Ben Endelman (Plant)

Recruitment Chairs/Admissions Committee

Grad reps for dept recruitment committee, read apps, organize weekend, recruit volunteers

Tyler Helmann (Plant), Justin Zik (Micro)

Social Chairs

Organize monthly/biweekly happy hours, other fun events (hiking, mushroom hunting, etc)

Brittney Nguyen and Amanda McRae
Rose Kantor (alcohol-free events)

Graduate Assembly delegate and alternate

Represent PMB at the campus level, monthly meetings, free dinner, meet grad students from other depts, learn Roberts Rules of Order, policy experience drafting/voting on proposals

Tyler Barnum (delegate), Riva Bruenn (alternate)

Department events committee member

Provide input for major department events (retreat, winter party, spring party)

Johan Jaenisch
Retreat Planning CommitteeChris Hann-Soden, Carine Marshall

Tsujimoto lecture

Oversee the selection of the Tsujimoto lecturer via email voting, solicit candidates

Allison Schwartz

Wednesday Seminar Lunches

Organize Wednesday post seminar lunches with speakers, assign relevant point person for each lunch

Norma Morella

Student/Postdoc Seminar Series

Organize Monday seminars, fill positions, invite relevant speakers, set up snacks/coffee

Chris Gee (Plant), Domokos Lauko (Micro)

Peer Mentor Representative

Reports back to PMBG on current happenings of the PMB Peer Mentors

Becky Mackelprang

Diversity Committee Representative

Representative from the newly formed PMB Diversity Committee

Carine Marshall
Micro Student Group Symposium 2016President/Co-Chair:
Carly Grant
Gabe Rosenfield


Grants and Internships

The department hires a number of undergraduate and graduate students for a variety of positions. Please contact the individual lab manager if you would like to work or do research in one of our labs. Please visit the on this site to view all of our labs and personnel and to contact lab managers:

The campus maintains a work study website where students can look for jobs. It can be viewed at

Information about career positions and academic appointments can be found at

Undergraduates who would like to do research in our labs may apply for grants and stipends via the College of Natural Resources Undergraduate Research Programs.


Department Administration and Support

Department Administration

We maintain and support an administrative website for a variey of purposes, including:

  • Purchasing
  • Reimbursements
  • Room reservations
  • Facilities management
  • Department events
  • Lab safety
  • Links to a vareity of university services

For more information please visit

Student Support Services


Associated Students, University of California: is the official "student voice" at Cal and advocates for all students via an elected student government.

The Graduate Assembly advocates on behalf of all graduate students at Cal: 

Student groups, opportunities and programs abound at Cal: Campus Life 

On-campus resouce for all student health needs: Tang Center

Recreational sports on campus: Rec Sports

International Students



UC Berkeley International Office -- support and guidance for international students, including new student check-ins, orientation programs and housing.

International House -- housing, programs and support for international students on the UC Berkeley campus. I-House