Life Sciences Division Newsletter
In this issue:
Scientific News »
- Lab Technologies and Researchers Earn Royalties »
- Life Scientist Heads Upcoming Bioimaging Conference »
- Running Doesn't Lead to More Osteoarthritis and Hip Replacements »
- Researchers Produce the First Step-By-Step Look at Transcription Initiation »
- Transciption Initiation Work Highlighted by Sponsor NIH/NIGMS »
- Life Scientists Present March LBNL Integrated Bioimaging Seminar »
- Northen's Article Recommended by Faculty of 1000 »
- Model Acini Article Gets 5th Place in Online Download »
- In the News »
- Recent Publications »
- ECSS Host March 26 Talk by Bruce Alberts on Science and the World's Future »
- Life Sciences Women Researchers Host Albany High Student on Job Shadow Day »
- DOE Women's History Month Feature Includes Profiles of Bissell and Fuss »
- Annual Life Sciences Division Retreat Held February 21 »
- New Hires and Departures: Welcomes and Goodbyes »
Licensed Berkeley Lab inventions, software and published books yielded royalties of nearly $2.7 million in FY12. The researchers’ share of the royalties, about $657,000, went to 113 Lab scientists and authors. A number of the researchers were on hand Febrary 13 to receive their royalty checks from Director Alivisatos and Cheryl Fragiadakis, head of Technology Transfer. Go here for more information and the complete of list of inventions and researchers who earned royalties, and here for photo with researchers identified. Life Sciences recipients include John Bielicki, Mina Bissell, Rostyslav Buchko, Judith Campisi, Jamie Eberling, Robert Glaeser, and Grant Gulberg.
Adapted from Today at Berkeley Lab, March 26, 2013
Bahram Parvin of the Life Sciences Division is the general chair of the 2013 IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging: From Nano to Macro. The symposium, to be held April 7-11 in San Francisco, is a peer-reviewed conference on computational imaging at multiple scales. It is a joint initiative of the IEEE Signal Processing Society and IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. The event will cover a wide spectrum of computational techniques with applications from diagnostics to personalized therapy to mechanisms of biological processes. Other co-organizers are Berkeley Lab’s Hang Chang, Cemal Bilgin, and Ju Han, also of the Life Sciences Division. More »
Adjusted from Today at Berkeley Lab, March 14, 2013
Need another reason to dust off those running shoes in the back of the closet? It turns out that running longer distances actually decreases a person’s risk of osteoarthritis and hip replacements, according to new research conducted by Paul Williams of the Life Sciences Division. His results counter the widely held view that frequent running leads to joint injuries, which may be one of the reasons many people choose to walk for exercise. Williams, however, found that running doesn’t pose a greater risk than walking when it comes to osteoarthritis and hip replacements. More »
Today at Berkeley Lab, March 4, 2013
Eva Nogales and Yuan He
Berkeley Lab researchers led by Eva Nogales of the Life Sciences Division used a combination of cryo-electron microscopy and reconstituted versions of the protein machinery that transcribes genetic information from DNA to RNA to produce the first step-by-step visualization of how this machinery is able to read the human genome one gene at a time. Working with Nogales on this were Yuan He, Jie Fang and Dylan Taatjes. More »
Today at Berkeley Lab, February 28, 2013
Eva Nogales was congratulated on her recent publication in Nature titled “Structural visualization of key steps in human transcription initiation” by Judith Greenberg, acting director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH), the agency sponsoring the work. In recognition of the publication’s significance [see article above] the director selected the paper in the March NIGMS Director’s Featured Research Advance. It was also selected to be highlighted in a “prominent position on the main website and in other material that showcases outstanding examples of the discoveries NIGMS funds.”
Both Ben Bowen and Puey Ounjai of Life Sciences presented their work at the LBNL Integrated Bioimaging Seminar of March 6. Bowen spoke on “OpenMSI: making mass spectrometry imaging accessible,” and Ounjai (Downing lab), spoke on “Architectural insights into ciliary partition.” The seminars, open to everyone interested in bioimaging, are held the first Wednesday of the month and cover diverse topics in the area of bioimaging, presented by researchers from diverse divisions around the Lab. For more information, or to be included in the bioimaging mailing list contact email@example.com. More »
Adapted from Today at Berkeley Lab, March 1, 2013
Corresponding author Trent Northen’s article “Metabolic footprinting of mutant libraries to map metabolite utilization to genotype,” published in ACS Chemical Biology, 2013 (DOI: 10.3410/f.717977111.793470676), has been recommended as being of special significance in its field by Suzanne Walker and Lincoln Pasquina from the F1000 Faculty. A brief written recommendation of the article can be found here. Co-authors of the article were Richard Baran, Ben Bowen, Morgan Price, Adam Arkin, Adam Deutschbauer, and Northen.
Sylvain Costes, corresponding author of the article “Phenotypic transition maps of 3D breast acini obtained by imaging-guided agent-based modeling” has been informed by Integrative Biology Managing Editor Harpal Minhas that the paper published in Integrative Biology in 2011, was the 5th most downloaded article of that year. Co-authors of this paper on modeling acini formation using agent-based model, funded through the Bay Area Physical Sciences-Oncology Center (PSOC), were Jonathan Tang, Heiko Enderling, Sabine Becker-Weimann, Christopher Pham, Aris Polyzos, Chen-Yi Chen, and Costes. The notice came with a certificate signed by the editor.
A review of Life Sciences researchers, staff, and students who have appeared in the news media. This is but a sampling of our coverage. Please note that some links may expire after time.
A March 13 DailyRx story on osteoarthritis and running included work by the Lab’s Paul Williams.
A March 3 Toronto Globe and Mail story on osteoarthritis and running cited research led by the Lab’s Paul Williams. The Examiner, Runner’s World, Outside magazine and The Active Times ran similar stories on his work.
A Feb. 28 RedOrbit story highlighted work led by the Lab’s Eva Nogales offering new insights into DNA to RNA transcription.
What follows is a review of Life Sciences recent publications. It is not a complete list, but only a sampling.
Brosey CA, Yan C, Tsutakawa SE, Heller WT, Rambo RP, Tainer JA, Ivanov I, Chazin WJ. A new structural framework for integrating replication protein A into DNA processing machinery. Nucleic Acids Research. 2013 Feb 1;41(4):2313-2327. Epub 2013 Jan 8. PMID: 23303776 Abstract »
Cianfrocco MA, Kassavetis GA, Grob P, Fang J, Juven-Gershon T, Kadonaga JT, Nogales E. Human TFIID binds to core promoter DNA in a reorganized structural state. Cell. 2013 Jan 17;152(1-2):120-31. PMID: 23332750 Abstract »
Classen S, Hura GL, Holton JM, Rambo RP, Rodic I, McGuire PJ, Dyer K, Hammel M, Meigs G, Frankel KA, Tainer JA. Implementation and performance of SIBYLS: a dual endstation small-angle X-ray scattering and macromolecular crystallography beamline at the Advanced Light Source. Journal of Applied Crystallography. 2013 Feb 1;46(Pt 1):1-13. Epub 2013 Jan 17. PMID: 23396808 Abstract »
Dunleavy EM, Beier NL, Gorgescu W, Tang J, Costes SV, Karpen GH. The cell cycle timing of centromeric chromatin assembly in Drosophila meiosis is distinct from mitosis yet requires CAL1 and CENP-C. PLoS Biology. 2012 Dec;10(12). Epub 2012 Dec 27. PMID: 23300382 Abstract »
Foster NL, Jagust WJ, Fox NC. A peek behind the curtain: amyloid imaging, referrals, and specialist memory evaluations. Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders. 2013 Jan;27(1):1-3..PMID: 23411640 Abstract »
He Y, Fang J, Taatjes DJ, Nogales E. Structural visualization of key steps in human transcription initiation. Nature. 2013 Feb 27. doi: 10.1038/nature11991. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 23446344 Abstract »
Hu J, Liu J, Xue F, Halverson G, Reid M, Guo A, Chen L, Raza A, Galili N, Jaffray J, Lane J, Chasis JA, Taylor N, Mohandas N, An X. Isolation and functional characterization of human erythroblasts at distinct stages: implications for understanding of normal and disordered erythropoiesis in vivo. Blood. 2013 Feb 19. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 23422750 Abstract »
Jack CR Jr, Knopman DS, Jagust WJ, Petersen RC, Weiner MW, Aisen PS, Shaw LM, Vemuri P, Wiste HJ, Weigand SD, Lesnick TG, Pankratz VS, Donohue MC, Trojanowski JQ. Tracking pathophysiological processes in Alzheimer's disease: an updated hypothetical model of dynamic biomarkers. Lancet Neurology. 2013 Feb;12(2):207-16. doi: 10.1016/S1474-4422(12)70291-0. PMID: 23332364 Abstract »
Jahchan NS, Ouyang G, Luo K. Expression profiles of SnoN in normal and cancerous human tissues support its tumor suppressor role in human cancer. PLoS One. 2013;8(2):e55794. Epub 2013 Feb 13. PMID: 23418461 Abstract »
Ju L, Zhang G, Zhang C, Sun L, Jiang Y, Yan C, Duerksen-Hughes PJ, Zhang X, Zhu X, Chen FF, Yang J. Quantum dot-related genotoxicity perturbation can be attenuated by PEG encapsulation. Mutation Research. 2013 Feb 13. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 23416234 Abstract »
Kantarci K, Gunter JL, Tosakulwong N, Weigand SD, Senjem MS, Petersen RC, Aisen PS, Jagust WJ, Weiner MW, Jack CR Jr. Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. Focal hemosiderin deposits and ß-amyloid load in the ADNI cohort. Alzheimers & Dementia. 2013 Jan 30. pii: S1552-5260(12)02573-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2012.10.011. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 23375568 Abstract »
Labarge MA, Garbe JC, Stampfer MR. Processing of human reduction mammoplasty and mastectomy tissues for cell culture. Journal of Visualized Experiments. 2013 Jan 3;(71). pii: 50011. doi: 10.3791/50011. PMID: 23328888 Abstract »
Lampert F, Mieck C, Alushin GM, Nogales E, Westermann S. Molecular requirements for the formation of a kinetochore-microtubule interface by Dam1 and Ndc80 complexes. Journal of Cell Biology. 2013 Jan 7;200(1):21-30. Epub 2012 Dec 31. PMID: 23277429 Abstract »
Lander GC, Saibil HR, Nogales E. Go hybrid: EM, crystallography, and beyond. Current Opinion in Structural Biology. 2012 Oct;22(5):627-35. doi: 10.1016/j.sbi.2012.07.006. PMID: 22835744 Abstract »
Lebeau AM, Duriseti S, Murphy ST, Pepin F, Hann B, Gray JW, Vanbrocklin HF, Craik CS. Targeting uPAR with antagonistic recombinant human antibodies in aggressive breast cancer. Cancer Research. 2013 Feb 11. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 23400595 Abstract »
Lehmann M, Ghosh PM, Madison C, Laforce R Jr, Corbetta-Rastelli C, Weiner MW, Greicius MD, Seeley WW, Gorno-Tempini ML, Rosen HJ, Miller BL, Jagust WJ, Rabinovici GD. Diverging patterns of amyloid deposition and hypometabolism in clinical variants of probable Alzheimer's disease. Brain. 2013 Jan 28. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 23358601 Abstract »
Liu J, Zhang J, Ginzburg Y, Li H, Xue F, De Franceschi L, Chasis JA, Mohandas N, An X. Quantitative analysis of murine terminal erythroid differentiation in vivo: novel method to study normal and disordered erythropoiesis. Blood. 2013 Feb 21;121(8):e43-9. doi: 10.1182/blood-2012-09-456079. Epub 2013 Jan 3. PMID: 23287863 Abstract »
Liu Y, Huang Y, Wang Z, Huang Y, Li X, Louie A, Wei G, Mao JH. Temporal mTOR inhibition protects Fbxw7-deficient mice from radiation-induced tumor development. Aging. 2013 Feb 24. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 23454868 Abstract »
Mahaney BL, Hammel M, Meek K, Tainer JA, Lees-Miller SP. XRCC4 and XLF form long helical protein filaments suitable for DNA end protection and alignment to facilitate DNA double strand break repair. Biochemisty & Cell Biology. 2013 Feb;91(1):31-41. Epub 2013 Feb 5. PMID: 23442139 Abstract »
Marchant NL, Reed BR, Sanossian N, Madison CM, Kriger S, Dhada R, Mack WJ, Decarli C, Weiner MW, Mungas DM, Chui HC, Jagust WJ. The aging brain and cognition: contribution of vascular injury and Aß to mild cognitive dysfunction. JAMA Neurology. 2013 Apr 1:1-8..jamaneurol.405. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 23400560 Abstract »
Nguyen DH, Fredlund E, Zhao W, Perou CM, Balmain A, Mao JH, Barcellos-Hoff MH. Murine microenvironment metaprofiles associate with human cancer etiology and intrinsic subtypes. Clinical Cancer Research. 2013 Jan 21. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 23339125 Abstract »
Novak P, Stampfer MR, Munoz-Rodriguez JL, Garbe JC, Ehrich M, Futscher BW, Jensen TJ. Cell-type specific DNA methylation patterns define human breast cellular identity. PLoS One. 2012;7(12):e52299. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0052299. Epub 2012 Dec 20. PMID: 23284978 Abstract »
Oh H, Madison C, Villeneuve S, Markley C, Jagust WJ. Association of gray matter atrophy with age, ß-Amyloid, and cognition in aging. Cerebral Cortex. 2013 Feb 6. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 23389995 Abstract »
Ounjai P, Kim KD, Liu H, Dong M, Tauscher AN, Witkowska HE, Downing KH. Architectural insights into a ciliary partition. Current Biology. 2013 Jan 29. pii: S0960-9822(13)00032-8. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2013.01.029. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 23375896 Abstract »
Park CC, Georgescu W, Polyzos A, Pham C, Ahmed KM, Zhang H, Costes SV. Rapid and automated multidimensional fluorescence microscopy profiling of 3D human breast cultures. Integrative Biology. 2013 Feb 13. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 23407655 Abstract »
Perry JJ, Tainer JA. Developing advanced X-ray scattering methods combined with crystallography and computation. Methods. 2013 Jan 29. pii: S1046-2023(13)00016-9 [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 23376408 Abstract »
Prestia A, Caroli A, Herholz K, Reiman E, Chen K, Jagust WJ, Frisoni GB. Translational Outpatient Memory Clinic Working Group; Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. Diagnostic accuracy of markers for prodromal Alzheimer's disease in independent clinical series. Alzheimers & Dementia. 2013 Jan 30. pii: S1552-5260(12)02527-7. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 23375562 Abstract »
Ramanan VK, Risacher SL, Nho K, Kim S, Swaminathan S, Shen L, Foroud TM, Hakonarson H, Huentelman MJ, Aisen PS, Petersen RC, Green RC, Jack CR, Koeppe RA, Jagust WJ, Weiner MW, Saykin AJ. APOE and BCHE as modulators of cerebral amyloid deposition: a florbetapir PET genome-wide association study. Molecular Psychiatry. 2013 Feb 19 [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 23419831 Abstract »
Reindl S, Ghosh A, Williams GJ, Lassak K, Neiner T, Henche AL, Albers SV, Tainer JA. Insights into FlaI functions in archaeal motor assembly and motility from structures, Conformations, and Genetics. Molecular Cell. 2013 Feb 12. pii: S1097-2765(13)00047-6. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 23416110 Abstract »
Shin JB, Krey JF, Hassan A, Metlagel Z, Tauscher AN, Pagana JM, Sherman NE, Jeffery ED, Spinelli KJ, Zhao H, Wilmarth PA, Choi D, David LL, Auer M, Barr-Gillespie PG. Molecular architecture of the chick vestibular hair bundle. Nature Neuroscience. 2013 Mar;16(3):365-74. doi: 10.1038/nn.3312. Epub 2013 Jan 20. PMID: 23334578 Abstract
Tang H, Xiao G, Behrens C, Schiller J, Allen J, Chow CW, Suraokar M, Corvalan A, Mao JH, White M, Wistuba II, Minna JD, Xie Y. A 12-gene set predicts survival benefits from adjuvant chemotherapy in non-small-cell lung cancer patients. Clinical Cancer Research. 2013 Jan 28. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 23357979 Abstract
Tsutakawa SE, Shin DS, Mol CD, Izumi T, Arvai AS, Mantha AK, Szczesny B, Ivanov IN, Hosfield DJ, Maiti B, Pique ME, Frankel KA, Hitomi K, Cunningham RP, Mitra S, Tainer JA. Conserved structural chemistry for incision activity in structurally non-homologous apurinic/apyirmidince endonuclease APE1 and endonuclease IV DNA repair enzymes. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 2013 Jan 25. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 23355472 Abstract
Varanasi P, Singh P, Auer M, Adams PD, Simmons BA, Singh S. Survey of renewable chemicals produced from lignocellulosic biomass during ionic liquid pretreatment. Biotechnology for Biofuels. 2013 Jan 28;6(1):14. PMID: 23356589 Abstract »
Vrba L, Muñoz-Rodríguez JL, Stampfer MR, Futscher BW. miRNA gene promoters are frequent targets of aberrant DNA methylation in human breast cancer. PLoS One. 2013;8(1):e54398. Epub 2013 Jan 16. PMID: 23342147 Abstract »
Wang T, Sessions AO, Lunde CS, Rouhani S, Glaeser RM, Duan Y, Facciotti MT. Deprotonation of d96 in bacteriorhodopsin opens the proton uptake pathway. Structure. 2013 Feb 5;21(2):290-7. PMID: 23394942 Abstract »
Wattacheril J, Seeley EH, Angel P, Chen H, Bowen BP, Lanciault C, M Caprioli R, Abumrad N, Flynn CR. Differential intrahepatic phospholipid zonation in simple steatosis and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. PLoS One. 2013;8(2):e57165. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0057165. Epub 2013 Feb 25. PMID: 23451176 Abstract »
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Mina Bissell, distinguished scientist with the Life Sciences Division, has been elected as a Fellow of the inaugural class of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Academy. The AACR Academy serves to “recognize and celebrate distinguished scientists whose major scientific contributions have propelled significant innovation and progress against cancer.” The AACR Academy will be inducting its inaugural class of Fellows at the 2013 Annual Meeting on April 5, 2013 in Washington, D.C. For more about the AACR go here.
Today at Berkeley Lab, March 12, 2013
Mandana Veiseh, project scientist in the Bissell lab, has received an ASME 2013 Outstanding Paper Award at the 2nd Global Congress on NanoEngineering for Medicine and Biology. Winners were selected from among all eligible conference submissions by a committee of the congress organizers. The congress, held by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) February 4 -6, 2013 in Boston, focused on the integration of engineering, materials science, and nanotechnology in addressing fundamental problems in biology and medicine; and in developing devices, materials and methods for the early detection, imaging of pathological and physiological mechanisms, and treatment of disease. The attendees represented a wide range of experts and peers from around the world.
The program included sessions in eight technical tracks and keynote and plenary sessions led by leading scientists, engineers, and clinicians in nanotechnology disciplines. Veiseh presented the award-winning research by Veiseh, Eva Turley, and Mina Bissell titled “Hyaluronan-based microenvironmental probes distinguish heterogeneous breast cancer cell subsets and predict their invasive behavior,” (NEMB2013-93336) in the program’s technical track, “Bioengineering for Medical Diagnostics, Therapeutics and Imaging.”
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Bruce Alberts with Mandana Veiseh holding her signed textbook copy
The Early Career Scientists Society (ECSS) had the honor of hosting Bruce Alberts, editor-in-chief of Science magazine, and renowned UCSF researcher on March 26. Co-hosts, representing ECSS, were ECSS President Mandana Veiseh (Bissell lab) and society member Elaine Dunleavy (Karpen lab), who had nominated Alberts as a distinguished Life Sciences Division seminar speaker.
Alberts arrived at noon to have lunch and meet with several society members at Potter Street, and later that afternoon with members on the Hill. At 4 p.m. he presented his talk on “Science and the World’s Future” in a packed Building 66 Auditorium. The seminar, attended by a broad diversity of Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley members as well as members of the community, was followed by an informal reception at which many attendees took the opportunity to converse with the speaker. Pictures were taken and some admirers came away with a personal message and autograph in their copy of the Molecular Biology of the Cell, the preeminent textbook in the field now in its fifth edition, of which Alberts was one of the original authors.
Dinner attendees included (from left to right) Dana Ghanem, Joel Swenson, Puey Ounjai, Mandana Veiseh, Bruce Alberts, Weiguo Zhang, and Deepa Sridharan
Alberts concluded his visit with a dinner into the late evening hours in downtown Berkeley hosted by Veiseh and attended by five other early career scientists. The dinner “provided an additional opportunity for discussions regarding the future of science and research developments, academic work-life balance, as well as a detailed discussion of essential skills needed to succeed in science,” says Veiseh. “Attendants were very enthused about the informal socialization and inspiring conversations.” Overall the visit was a great success, conclude Veiseh and Dunleavy. Alberts’ “lecture and meetings stimulated much discussion and enthusiasm!”
Alberts ended his inspiring seminar with a quote from Louis Pasteur:
“Science knows no country
Knowledge belongs to humanity
It's the torch that illuminates the world”
Life Sciences Miaw-Sheue Tsai and Dana Ghanem together with coordinator Kathleen Bjornstad, and with help of Tracy Bigelow of Human Resources, celebrated Albany High’s annual Job Shadow Day on March 7 by hosting junior Margaret (Maggie) Torpey-Murray for a day in their laboratories at Potter Street. They were among several of Berkeley Lab staff members to host Albany High School students. In all, at least six other scientists in the Computational Research (CRD), Environmental Energy Technologies (EETD) and Materials Sciences (MSD) Divisions played host/mentor this year. More »
Bjornstad reported Torpey-Murray being very impressed with meeting her hosts and that “she appreciated us sharing with her what our jobs and working in the science field is like, especially for women in science.” Torpey-Murray wrote, “I was excited and inspired by my glimpse into this important area of research” Torpey-Murray further remarked about her job shadow experience to Bjornstad saying: “I enjoyed listening to Dana discuss cell work, and looking through the microscope. I was fascinated by the equipment that Miaw-Sheue showed me and the discussion about proteins. I was able to learn and observe work in progress about cytokines in the Blakely lab.” It was not the first year for Bjornstad to participate, she says. “Two years ago we had two students. Last year I did not participate because I was at Brookhaven National Lab with an experiment. This year, even though Brookhaven was scheduled again, the school was flexible about the dates and we could still participate.”
Bjornstad concludes: “These one-on-one connections really change a student’s perspective. The Berkeley Lab Internships for Precollegiate Scholars (BLIPS) program has been discontinued pending a discussion and decision about Lab-wide policy about high school research, but I did advise Maggie to look into the college internships in the future.” A questionnaire from Albany High was shared with the hosts asking for feedback and if they were willing to participate in Job Shadow Day in the future. They all agreed they would participate again.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Department of Energy is featuring “Women @ Energy,” which showcases talented and dedicated employees at the Energy Department. Women @ Energy profiles women across the country who share insights on what inspired them to work in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Several Berkeley Lab researchers are included in the feature, including Susannah Green Tringe (JGI), Rachel Segalman (Materials Sciences), Natalie Roe (Physics), Mina Bissell and Jill Fuss (Life Sciences), Kathy Yelick (Computing Sciences), Dawn Munson (Engineering), and Aindrila Mukhopadhyay (JBEI). More »
The introduction to the Bissell’s feature profile reads as follows: "I have always been passionate and curious 'to know' why we are who we are. In high school and then college, I enjoyed the STEM courses and then realized how much of what we do that is important for people's lives and well beings comes from the work and labor of those who work in STEM fields. Thus I decided to be a chemist in college, a bacterial geneticist in graduate school, and once I began to work with cancer viruses during my postdoctoral work, I became interested in cancer research." Continue reading Bissell’s profile here.
Jill Fuss’ profile introduction reads: "Science has an image problem. I think it is important to redefine the image of a scientist as a man working alone in the laboratory to that of a diverse team of researchers working toward a common goal that has huge societal impact. Scientific research is actually very social—the best labs are supportive, vibrant, and creative environments that interact with researchers from around the world. When women, girls, and underrepresented groups have a chance to see research in action, they want to be a part of it." Continue reading Fuss’ profile here.
Adapted from Today at Berkeley Lab, March 19, 2013
Bo Hang (l) discusses his poster with Peter Wallian (r)
Director Gary Karpen kicked-off the Life Sciences Division Scientific Retreat 2013 with a welcome note, after which he passed on the microphone to Biosciences Associate Lab Director Jay Keasling speaking on the Biosciences Area. The program, before featuring the research talks, included a morning keynote talk presented by Biosciences Development Director Mary Maxon who spoke on “Future Biosciences research: from the national bioeconomy blueprint to the LBNL Biosciences Strategic Plan.”
Robert Glaeser presents his poster in the afternoon poster session
The importance of sharing current research with each other was emphasized in the extended poster sessions which were a fundamental element in the program. A cross-departmental panel led by Amy Kronenberg had successfully selected eight 15 min. talks and ten "poster flashes" from 53 exciting abstracts submitted, resulting in a well-rounded, diverse selection of research talks. The panel also included Manfred Auer, Christie Canaria, Woon-Seng Choong, John Conboy, Jill Fuss, James P. O’Neil, and Antoine Snijders.
Retreat participants were greeted by Gail Mosley and Lori Salles
The retreat was well received by both scientists and support staff. For Comp-Bio HR Team member Sadia Afandi the retreat was an exciting opportunity to tap into her science education. “The retreat was a great opportunity to not only meet people but to learn about all the exciting research that is being conducted,” she said. “I especially enjoyed the research on genetic breakthroughs. I'm really excited to be affiliated with such talented researchers and look forward to hearing more about their research in upcoming events.”
The program of the February 21, 2013 retreat, held at the Veterans Memorial Building in Lafayette, CA, can be found here.
New Hires:Matthew Miller, student assistant, Maltz lab, per February 25
Zhao Xu, research associate, Choong lab, per February 20
Jana Cmielova, guest postdoctoral fellow, Cooper lab, per January 28
Eshaan Sejal Kashyap, guest student assistant, Kohwi-Shigematsu lab, per January 18
Kevin Carpenter, research assistant, Auer lab, per January 7
Martin Gascon Vazquez, physicist postdoctoral fellow, Bizarri lab, per January 3
Departures:Sun Kim, student assistant, Parvin lab, per February 14
Gabriel Lander, biophysicist special postdoctoral fellow, Nogales lab, per February 5
Archontis Giannakidis, physicist postdoctoral fellow, Gullberg lab, per February 1
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