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Scientist Recognized for Service, Academics

Sakis Theologis, Plant Gene Expression Center

From American Socity of Plant Biologists

This award honors the Reverend Stephen Hales for his pioneering work in plant biology published in his 1727 book Vegetable Staticks . It is a monetary award established in 1927 for a scientist, whether or not a member of the Society, who has served the science of plant biology in some noteworthy manner. The award is made annually. The recipient of the award is invited to address the Society on a subject in plant biology at the next annual meeting. USDA, Agricultural Research Service...

Student Earns $15,000 Grant

Tropical Ginger

Research on floral development of ginger

By Karyn Houston

Ana Maria Almeida, a fourth year graduate student in Plant Biology and Fulbright Scholar from Brazil, has been awarded $15,000 to support her ongoing research on the floral developmental evolution of beautiful tropical ginger flowering plants.

The National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant will enable Ana to continue her research at UC Berkeley under the direction of Assistant Professor Chelsea Specht, co-advised by Professor Mike Freeling, both of the Department of Plant & Microbial Biology in the College of Natural Resources. Dr. Specht...

Pat Zambryski named AAAS Fellow

Distinguished Contributions to Plant Biology

Four faculty members at the University of California, Berkeley, have been named 2010 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.

Patricia Claire Zambryski, professor of Plant & Microbial Biology in the College of Natural Resources, was honored for distinguished contributions to the field of plant biology that focus on the genetic transformation of plant cells by Agrobacterium and on plant cell communication via plasmodesmata. The AAAS presented the new fellows with a gold and blue rosette...

Undergrad Wins Prestigious Award

Gracie Benson-Martin, UC Berkeley student

Genetics and Plant Biology Major Honored

A Plant & Microbial Biology undergraduate student has been awarded a 2011 Young Botanist of the Year award from the Botanical Society of America.

Gracie Benson-Martin, a Genetics and Plant Biology major who will be graduating in 2011, was given the award by the Botanical Society of America.

She was also recently awarded a microMORPH National Science Foundation Research Coordination Network grant to spend the summer at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany. While there she will continue a research project that she started here...

Genetics Research

Neuospora

Analysis of Bread Mold Genomes by John Taylor

By Sarah Yang, UC Berkeley, Media Relations | January 31, 2011

In a demonstration of “reverse-ecology,” biologists at the University of California, Berkeley, have shown that one can determine an organism’s adaptive traits by looking first at its genome and checking for variations across a population.

The stud y, to be published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , offers a powerful new tool in evolutionary genetics research, one that could be used to help monitor the effects of...

Grad Students Score Prestigious NSF Grants

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Funds go to students' laboratory research at PMB

Plant & Microbial Biology graduate students continue to do well in securing National Science Foundation Grant Awards.

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF's mission. The PMB Recipients are listed below:

Fellowship Recipients Charlotte Carlstrom Elias Cornejo-Warner Israel Figueroa Thomas Haas Tom Kleist Adam Steinbrenner...

N. Louise Glass Wins Miller Fellowship

Prof. N. Louise Glass, UC Berkeley

PMB Professor focuses on biofuels research

An expert scientist in cell specialization at UC Berkeley has been awarded a prestigious Miller Fellowship to further her research in the cost-effective production of biofuels.

N. Louise Glass, of the Department of Plant & Microbial Biology, will use the award to initiate a new focus for the Glass lab that utilizes the lab’s experimental data and knowledge base to make further discoveries about plant cells and biofuel production.

In collaboration with a colleague at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Nathan Price, Glass will focus on developing tools to accelerate...

N. Louise Glass Wins Miller Fellowship

PMB Professor focuses on biofuels research

An expert scientist in cell specialization at UC Berkeley has been awarded a prestigious Miller Fellowship to further her research in the cost-effective production of biofuels.

N. Louise Glass, of the Department of Plant & Microbial Biology, will use the award to initiate a new focus for the Glass lab that utilizes the lab’s experimental data and knowledge base to make further discoveries about plant cells and biofuel production.

In collaboration with a colleague at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Nathan Price, Glass will focus on developing tools to accelerate...

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