QB3-Berkeley Noteworthy 2020

Paul Alivisatos

June 25 – Paul Alivisatos named 2021 Priestley Medalist
Paul Alivisatos, Samsung Distinguished Professor of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and UC Berkeley professor of Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering, has been awarded the 2021 Priestley Medal for foundational contributions to the chemistry of nanoscience and leadership in the chemistry and nanoscience communities. Read more on the Chemical & Engineering News. >

James Hurley


April 27 – Hurley elected to National Academy of Sciences
James Hurley, a professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology has been elected as a new member of the 2020 National Academy of Sciences. Hurley is among 120 members to be recognized for achievements in original research. Read more on the National Academy of Sciences. >


Kathy Collins

April 23 – Collins elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences
Kathy Collins, a professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology has been elected as a new member of the 2020 American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Collins is among 276 artists, scholars, scientists and leaders in the public, non-profit and private sectors to be selected for this prestigious award. Read more on American Academy of Arts and Sciences. >


Markita Landry

April 20 – Landry named 2020 Emerging Leader in Molecular Spectroscopy
Markita Landry, an assistant professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been selected for the 2020 Emerging Leader in Molecular Spectroscopy Award. Landry will be honored at the SciX 2020 Conference for her achievements towards the advancement of molecular spectroscopy. Read more on Business Wire. >


Jennifer Doudna

April 9 – Doudna receives 2020 Guggenheim Fellowship
Jennifer Doudna, a professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology and the Executive Director of the Innovative Genomics Institute, has been awarded a 2020 Guggenheim Fellowship. Doudna, who is known for her pioneering CRISPR research, is among 175 writers, scholars, artists, and scientists to be selected for this prestigious award. Read more on MCB Berkeley. >


Sabeeha Merchant

March 12 – Merchant receives Moore Foundation Investigator Award
Sabeeha Merchant Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology and of Plant and Microbial Biology has received the Investigator Award from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Merchant is among 14 other scientists selected for this opportunity to pursue innovative research. More. >


Headshot of Samantha Lewis.

February 18 – Lewis receives Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation Faculty Grant
Samantha Lewis, MCB Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, has received the 2020 Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation Faculty Grant. Lewis’ research proposal focuses on genome editing technology to mitochondrial DNA through the exploration of novel organelle targeting agents. Read more about the Shurl & Kay Curci Foundation here. >


Headshot of Stephen Brohawn.

February 12 – Brohawn named Sloan Fellow
Assistant Professor Stephen Brohawn has been selected for a Sloan Research Fellowship, an honor given yearly to the brightest up-and-coming scientists in the United States and Canada. Brohawn is among 9 UC Berkeley professors to be selected for a 2020 Sloan Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Read more on Berkeley News. >


Headshot of Jennifer Doudna.

January 14 – Jennifer Doudna awarded 2020 Wolf Prize in Medicine
Jennifer Doudna, professor of molecular and cell biology and of chemistry, has won the 2020 Wolf Prize in Medicine, a prestigious international prize awarded in Israel for unique contributions to humanity. Doudna, a QB3-Berkeley faculty affiliate and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, shared the prize with colleague Emmanuelle Charpentier, director of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin, Germany, for their 2012 invention of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology. Read more on Berkeley News. >


Alanna Schepartz stands in front of a chalk board.

January 9 – Schepartz among American Chemical Society’s 2020 awardees
Professor Alanna Schepartz has been awarded this year’s Ralph F. Hirschmann Award in Peptide Chemistry from the American Chemical Society (ACS). The ACS awards recognize major contributions to the chemistry field. Schepartz, a professor in the departments of Chemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology, is cited for “pioneering and creative development and application of alpha- and beta-peptides to explore and expand the chemistry in biology.” Read more on Chemical & Engineering News.