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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...

Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors

Teachers recognized for spirit, innovation, talent

Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) were celebrated on Wednesday 4/15 in recognition of their hard work. This year's departmental outstanding GSIs are: Allison Schwartz, Carine Marshall, Kate Scheibel, Susan Hepp, Monika Fischer and Riva Bruenn. The honorees were recognized at a standing-room-only ceremony initiated by Graduate Student Advisor Rocio Sanchez and Faculty Graduate Advisor Pat Zambryski.

Allison Schwartz and Carine Marshall, shown above with Pat Zambryski, will also be recognized at the campus level in a ceremony to be held on...

Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors

Teachers recognized for spirit, innovation, talent

Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) were celebrated on Wednesday 4/15 in recognition of their hard work. This year's departmental outstanding GSIs are: Allison Schwartz, Carine Marshall, Kate Scheibel, Susan Hepp, Monika Fischer and Riva Bruenn. The honorees were recognized at a standing-room-only ceremony initiated by Graduate Student Advisor Rocio Sanchez and Faculty Graduate Advisor Pat Zambryski.

Allison Schwartz and Carine Marshall, shown above with Pat Zambryski, will also be recognized at the campus level in a ceremony to be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2015.

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PMB at Cal Day: April 18, 2015

Magic show, Microgarden, Microbiology and More

By Karyn Houston Plant & Microbial Biology The Department of Plant and Microbial Biology will be participating in UC Berkeley's Cal Day on Saturday April 18, 2015. PMB students and faculty will be presenting and hosting all sorts of activities that revolve around plants and microbes. Cal Day is one of the ways PMB interacts with the Berkeley community and future Golden Bears and their families. From 9 am to 4 pm, visit PMB at the Genetics and Plant Biology lawn, located next to Pat...

Researchers Push for Millet Marketing Miracle

Nutritious, gluten-free grain requires little water

By Karyn Houston, PMB

A group of researchers from UC Berkeley is launching a campaign to grow, cultivate and market millet, a nutritious, gluten-free grain that needs little water and is rich in B vitamins.

Currently in the U.S., millet is used primarily in bird feed, but Postdoc Amrita Hazra in the Taga Lab in the department of Plant & Microbial Biology is looking to change that.

The Millet Project team has received $24,040 from the Berkeley Food Institute to explore millet cultivation at...

Microbiology Graduate Student Symposium April 25, 2015

Share your research and build connections The Microbiology Student Group invites you to the 16th Annual UC Berkeley Microbiology Student Symposium, to be held at UC Berkeley on Saturday, April 25th, 2015.

The Microbiology Student Symposium is a daylong event in which graduate students, undergraduates, and post-doctoral researchers present original research to peers and professors of the Northern California microbiology community. The symposium provides a venue to share your research and build connections within the community, and is a unique opportunity for your professional development. Keynote Presentations by:

Hazel Barton , University of Akr on ...

Humboldt Research Award for PMB Chair

Research and collaboration with German fungal geneticists

PMB Chair and Professor N. ImportLouise Glass, Photo by David Galvez

By Karyn Houston Plant & Microbial Biology

Professor N. Louise Glass has been awarded a Humboldt Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for her achievements in the field of fungal genetics.

Glass, chair of the Department of Plant & Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley, was nominated for the award by Dr. Ulrich Küch, a leading scientist in fungal genetics and biotechnology at the Ruhr University...

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