PMB News Center

Staskawicz Lab: Improving Food Security

Research to develop better disease resistance in staple crops

By Karyn Houston Plant & Microbial Biology

UC Berkeley Professor Brian Staskawicz will take part in a newly funded global effort to improve food security and develop better disease resistance in staple crops that feed the world, including potatoes, tomatoes, mustard greens and domesticated wheat.

Staskawicz, a professor in the Department of Plant & Microbial Biology, will share in a $2.3 million award from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The money will be granted to the Two Blades Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated...

Roger Y. Stanier Memorial Lecture

Speaker David Zusman, Graduate Group in Microbiology

David Zusman from the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and the Graduate Group in Microbiology will be the featured speaker for the Roger Y. Stanier Memorial Lecture on October 7, 2015.

The title of his talk is "Uncovering the Mystery of Gliding Motility in the Bacterial Predator Myxococcus Xanthus".

Roger Y. Stanier Memorial Lecture 3:30-4:30 pm 100 Genetics and Plant Biology Building, UC Berkeley

Important Links: David Zusman's Profile Events Page

Chelsea Specht Named Fellow

California Academy of Sciences

By Karyn Houston Plant & Microbial Biology

Chelsea Specht, an associate professor of PMB, has been named a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences. The Fellows of the California Academy of Sciences are distinguished scientists, appointed in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the natural sciences. They help extend the impact of the Academy in its missions associated with research, public engagement, and education.

In addition to her role as associate professor in PMB, Specht is curator of monocots at the University and Jepson Herbaria. Her research focuses...

Specht Lab Fellow Wins Video Contest

Congratulations to Joyce Chery

By Karyn Houston Plant & Microbial Biology

An imaginative video earned Joyce Chery, a graduate student in the Chelsea Specht Lab (Plant & Microbial Biology), a $1,000 prize and recognition from UC Berkeley's graduate division.

Chery is a first year graduate student in Integrative Biology. Her video was submitted as part of the 2015 Distinguished Fellows Video Contest, a competition open to Chancellor's and other distinguished graduate fellows across campus. The videos submitted by graduate students highlight their reason for coming to Cal and contributing to the...

Position Open in Biology Teaching Lab

Staff Research Associate 1; Review Date June 1, 2015

Departmental Overview

The College of Natural Resources Teaching Lab, administered by the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology (PMB), is seeking a Staff Research Associate 1 to assist the teaching lab in providing top-notch support for our lab classes. The successful candidate will be a responsible and organized self-starter who has excellent problem solving skills and enjoys being a critical part of a team working in a fast-paced academic environment.

The SRA 1 will work with the teaching lab team to provide timely lab setup and...

Position Open in Biology Teaching Lab

Staff Research Associate 1; Review Date June 1, 2015

Departmental Overview

The College of Natural Resources Teaching Lab, administered by the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology (PMB), is seeking a Staff Research Associate 1 to assist the teaching lab in providing top-notch support for our lab classes. The successful candidate will be a responsible and organized self-starter who has excellent problem solving skills and enjoys being a critical part of a team working in a fast-paced academic environment.

The SRA 1 will work with the teaching lab team to provide timely lab setup and...

Britt Glaunsinger Named HHMI Investigator

Britt Glaunsinger

Award recognizes scientific excellence of PMB virologist

By Karyn Houston, Plant & Microbial Biology

Britt Glaunsinger has been appointed a 2015 Howard Hughes Medical Investigator, one of 26 biomedical researchers from across the nation selected from a pool of more than 800 applicants.

Glaunsinger, an Associate Professor in the Department of Plant & Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley, is being recognized as an investigator who is "at the forefront of discovery research" for her work on viruses.

"Funding from HHMI is wonderful, in part, because it allows us the flexibility to pursue...

Wageningen-Berkeley Student Workshop

Coates Lab hosts faculty, students from the Netherlands

By Karyn Houston Plant & Microbial Biology

An enthusiastic group of UC Berkeley faculty, students and laboratory staff hosted a visiting delegation from the Wageningen University in the Netherlands on Thursday, May 14, 2015, at a day-long conference.

The delegation learned about a variety of research being done on both campuses, and listened to 16 presentations, including:

  • Anaerobic processes for energy conservation and biotransformation of pollutants
  • Sulfur metabolism in the human gut microbiota
  • Molecular insight into anaerobic biodegradation of
  • ...

Shibo Zhang Major Citation Award

Award recognizes undergraduate excellence

By Karyn Houston Plant & Microbial Biology

Shibo Zhang, a postdoctoral fellow in Plant and Microbial Biology, was lost to the plant community in a tragic accident in December 2007. An endowment in his honor was created to recognize excellence in undergraduate education in the department, something very important to Dr. Zhang. Award winners receive a $500 gift. The Zhang Award and $500 for 2015 for the two Major Citation Winners is being given to:

Genetics and Plant Biology Major: Martin Alexander Microbial...

Affordable Science and Critical Thinking Conference

SkeptiCal, downtown Oakland, June 6, 2015

By Karyn Houston Plant & Microbial Biology

California science fans are invited to attend the sixth annual SkeptiCal on June 6, 2015, at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, in downtown Oakland. This project of the Bay Area Skeptics and the Sacramento Area Skeptics is the one-day, affordable science and critical thinking conference you won’t want to miss. This year we have cut registration prices even further – advance regular price tickets only $35. Student price only $25. Register before May 1 to get the best prices. This year’s...

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