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Lin Chao

Lin Chao honored for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Biology professor Lin Chao was one of six UC San Diego faculty members honored at the 40th annual Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards for going above and beyond to make a positive impact in their teaching, research and service. The former chair of the Section of Ecology, Behavior and Evolution was given the award for excellence in undergraduate teaching.


Emily Troemel

Emily Troemel named 2013 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigator

Emily Troemel, an associate professor of cell and developmental biology, has been named a 2013 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigator. Troemel is one of 10 scientists honored this year as Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease and is the first recipient ever to receive the award from UC San Diego.


Huberman and Jun

Two Young UC San Diego Faculty Members Named Pew Scholars

Two early-career scientists at UC San Diego are among 22 of the nation’s most enterprising researchers named Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences by The Pew Charitable Trusts.


Andrew Huberman named 2013 McKnight Scholar

Andrew Huberman, an assistant professor of neurobiology, is one of six young neuroscientists nationwide who have been named 2013 McKnight Scholars.


Hellman awardees

Li-Fan Lu and Jose Pruneda-Paz named Hellman Faculty Fellows

Li-Fan Lu, an assistant professor of molecular biology, and Jose Pruneda-Paz, an assistant professor of cell and developmental biology, are among 10 junior faculty members at UC San Diego who have been named 2013-14 Hellman Faculty Fellows.


Nick Spitzer

Nick Spitzer Elected into the National Academy of Sciences

Nicholas C. Spitzer, Distinguished Professor of Biology, is one of three faculty members at UC San Diego elected this year to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors bestowed on U.S. scientists and engineers. The other two faculty members are Peter J. Novick, professor of cellular and molecular medicine, and Nancy Knowlton, adjunct professor of marine biology at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.


Emily Troemel

Emily Troemel Receives 2013 Merck Irving Sigal Memorial Award

Assistant Professor Emily Troemel has won the 2013 Merck Irving Sigal Memorial Award from the American Society of Microbiology. Given in honor of Irving Sigal, who was instrumental in the early discovery of therapies to treat HIV/AIDS, the award recognizes early career scientists who have had commendable basic research in medical microbiology and infectious diseases.


Johnson & Spitzer

Professors Johnson and Spitzer honored with 2013 Faculty Excellence Awards

Professors Tracy Johnson and Nick Spitzer are among the faculty members this year honored with 2013 Chancellor's Associates Faculty Excellence Awards. Johnson, an associate professor of molecular biology and UC San Diego undergraduate alumna '91, was given the award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and Spitzer, distinguished professor of neurobiology, was given the award for Excellence in Research in Science and Engineering.


Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Awards $1.6 Million to Young Investigator Suckjoon Jun

One of the newest faculty members at UC San Diego–Suckjoon Jun, an assistant professor of physics and molecular biology–has won a $1.6 million award from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. This is the first award given to a UC San Diego recipient from the foundation, which was established by the co-founder of Microsoft to support high-risk, high-reward ideas in science.


Eva Maria Schoetz Collins

Eva-Maria Schoetz Collins Named 2013 Sloan Research Fellow

Eva-Maria Schoetz Collins, assistant professor of physics and biology, is one of four faculty members at UC San Diego who have been named 2013 Sloan Research Fellows by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Awarded annually since 1955, the fellowships are given to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders.


Associate Dean for Education Selected as Vision and Change Leadership Fellow

Gabriele Wienhausen, the Division's Associate Dean for Education, has been selected as one of 40 Vision and Change Leadership Fellows to lead an effort over the next year in catalyzing reform in undergraduate biology education.


Tim Baker

Tim Baker Honored with Microscopy Society of America 2012 Distinguished Scientist Award

Timothy S. Baker, a professor in the Section of Molecular Biology and in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been selected by the Microscopy Society of America to receive its 2012 Distinguished Scientist Award for the Biological Sciences. The award is in recognition of his internationally acclaimed research and distinguished contributions in the field of microscopy.


Carolyn Kurle

Assistant Professor Carolyn Kurle Named 2012-2013 Hellman Faculty Fellow

Carolyn Kurle, an assistant professor in the Section of Ecology, Behavior and Evolution, has been named a 2012-2013 Hellman Faculty Fellow. She and 21 other junior faculty members at UC San Diego won the award this year to support them in their research and scholarly work toward tenured positions.


Associate Dean for Education Gabriele Wienhausen

Gabriele Wienhausen Honored with 2012 Athena Pinnacle Award in Education

Associate Dean for Education Gabriele Wienhausen has won the 2012 Athena Pinnacle Award in Education. The Athena San Diego Pinnacle Awards are presented annually to individuals and organizations that, "through the development and promotion of skilled and talented women, have had a significant impact within the San Diego technology, life science, healthcare, defense, energy, clean-tech and services sectors."


Roberto Malinow

Roberto Malinow Elected to National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences today elected Biology Professor Roberto Malinow and two other faculty members at the University of California, San Diego to membership in the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors bestowed on U.S. scientists and engineers.


Professor William Kristan Professor James Kadonaga

Two Biology Professors Honored with Faculty Excellence Awards

William Kristan, professor of neurobiology, and James Kadonaga, professor of molecular biology, will receive 2012 Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards at a ceremony on March 29.


3 Scholars

Three Faculty Named Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Fellows

Three faculty members in the Division of Biological Sciences—Ananda Goldrath, David Traver and Elina Zuniga—have been named Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Fellows. They will each receive research awards of up to $110,000 per year from the society over the next five years.


Therese Markow Wins George W. Beadle Award from Genetics Society of America

Professor Therese Markow has received the George W. Beadle Award from the Genetics Society of America “for outstanding contributions to the community of genetics researchers.” The award was established by the society in 1999 and named for its past president, who received the 1958 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the role of genes in regulating biochemical events within cells.


Jim Posakony

Jim Posakony Named 2011 AAAS Fellow

Professor Jim Posakony is one of nine faculty members at UC San Diego named 2011 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the nation’s largest scientific organization. He and UC San Diego professors Alexandra Newton, Joseph O’Connor, Carol Padden, Dena Plemmons, Michael Sailor, Lu Jeu Sham, Lisa Tauxe and Paul Yu were among 539 individuals selected this year by colleagues in their disciplines to be honored by the association for “efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.”


Ananda Goldrath named Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Scholar

Associate Professor Ananda Goldrath has been named a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Scholar. She will receive a research award of $110,000 per year from the society for the next five years for her study on the Transcriptional Control of Lymphocyte Differentiation and Transformation. Goldrath received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard Medical School, where she was the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation-Irvington Fellow. She is also a Pew Scholar.


Past Awards

Date Title
03/02/11 UCSD Biological Studies professor Julian Schroeder awarded 2010 Cozzarelli Prize
02/09/11 Biology Professor Terrence Sejnowski Elected to the National Academy of Engineering
01/11/11 Yishi Jin Named as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
11/04/10 Assistant Professor Emily Troemel Awarded with Packard Fellowship for Science & Engineering
04/27/10 Two Division of Biological Sciences Professors Elected to National Academy of Sciences
04/19/10 Biology Professor William McGinnis Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
04/14/10 UC San Diego Biologist Receives 2010 World Ecology Award
03/31/10 Dean Steve Kay Among UC San Diego Faculty Excellence Awards Honorees
12/17/09 Dean Steve Kay and Biology Professor Robert Schmidt named 2009 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
10/23/09 Jim Wilhelm Receives 2009 New Scholar Award in Aging
04/20/09 Martin Yanofsky named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
04/8/09 Nigel Crawford Presented Faculty Excellence Award
02/5/09 Kit Pogliano Elected a Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology
10/13/08 Sejnowski Elected to Institute of Medicine
05/27/08 UC San Diego Biology Professor Named Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
04/29/08 Two Plant Biologists at UC San Diego Elected to National Academy of Sciences
09/10/07 Professor Maarten Chrispeels Named an inaugural Fellow of the American Society of Plant Biologists
06/19/07 Professor Ananda W. Goldrath named 2007 Pew Scholar
11/23/06 Professors Julian I. Schroeder and Martin F. Yanofsky named AAAS Fellows in Biological Sciences
10/10/06 UCSD Faculty Named to Prestigious National Organization
07/17/06 Amy Pasquinelli named 2006 Distinguished Young Scholar
07/26/06 UCSD Biologist Receives Prestigious Presidential Award
05/8/06 Kiger and Traver Named Kimmel Scholars
04/27/06 Hoekstra and Traver Named Beckman Young Investigator Winners
3/1/06 Young Faculty Awarded Prestigious Sloan Foundation Fellowships
1/18/06 National Academy of Sciences Awards Major Prize to UCSD Chemistry and Biology Professor
10/28/05 Professor Vivek Malhotra named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
10/18/05 Dr. Gentry Patrick, recipient of this year's Ray Thomas Edwards Award
5/30/05 Jing W. Wang, assistant professor of biology, has been named a 2005 Searle Scholar
4/20/04 Two UCSD Professors In Biology And Physics Elected To National Academy Of Sciences
3/13/04 Amy Pasquinelli has won The Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award of the Peter Gruber Foundation
10/30/03 Maarten J. Chrispeels Named Fellow Of American Association For The Advancement of Science
09/12/03 Immo Scheffler receives UMDF Sage Fellowship for studying mitochondrial function
06/30/03 Mauricio Montal Named Biophysical Society Fellow
06/18/03 Francis Crick Wins First 'Life Sciences Achievement Award'
11/07/02 Biological Sciences' Al Hilde Named UCSD Veteran Of The Year
10/07/02 Biology Professor at Salk and UCSD Wins 2002 Nobel Prize in Medicine
5/16/01 UCSD Professors In The Biology And Physical Sciences Divisions Honored For Achievements
11/21/00 Founding Dean Named For UCSD's Division Of Biology
11/02/00 UCSD Professors In The Biology And Physical Sciences Divisions Honored For Achievements
10/31/00 UCSD Scientists Awarded $3-Million Biocomplexity Grant
6/22/00 UCSD Professors in Natural Sciences Honored for Achievements

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