MCDB would like to congratulate Professor Andrew Goldstein on his successful promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure in MCDB

July 12, 2021

Congratulations to MBI Postdocs Leonila Lagunes and Sissy Wamaitha: 2021-2022 UC President's Postdoctoral Fellows!

July 8, 2021

Congratulations Sissy Wamaitha who is a Postdoctoral Fellow in MCDB.

Kristen Hanson Memorial Scholarship Announcement

July 7, 2021

Kristen Hanson Memorial Scholarship

Zoe Ge has been selected by the Department of Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology (MCDB) as the 2020-2021 Kristen Hanson Memorial Scholarship recipient. Congratulations, Zoe!

This award is made possible by the generosity of Courtney Cochran, Sarah Wagman Ellenbogen and Jennifer Cohen Bogan.

When MCDB graduate Kristen Hanson passed away in 2012, her friends Courtney, Sarah and Jen raised $25,000 to dedicate a bench at the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden in Kristen’s honor.

That experience inspired further philanthropy, and the group then raised $100,000 to endow the Kristen Hanson Memorial Scholarship, which further extended Hanson’s legacy by awarding a $5,000 scholarship to a Life Sciences student each year. This award honors a female undergraduate who exemplifies the positive traits that Kristen embodied, which include not only academic accomplishment and a passion for science, but also well-rounded interests, leadership, originality and commitment to engage with the world.

Courtney, Jen and Sarah describe, in their own words, what prompted them to endow the Kristen Hanson Memorial Scholarship:

Going beyond – it’s what science allows us to do. To think big, to imagine what could be. When we created the Kristen Hanson Memorial Scholarship in the Division of Life Sciences, none of us knew how greatly the process would broaden our perspectives and invigorate our worldviews on what’s possible when innovation, academia and talent come together. We set out to create a legacy for our dear friend Kristen, and in doing so have been humbled to meet and support some of the brightest young minds in science today.

Each year, we’re encouraged to think courageously and creatively about the future, and what can be, thanks to the students who are nominated for the award—and the stories they share about their own journeys, hopes and dreams. In these dreams we see a brighter future for all, and each year find a renewed sense of hope about what’s possible tomorrow. It has a lot to do with lifting each other up, and creating a path for others to follow—and that seed started with Kristen. Here’s to celebrating this year’s extraordinarily deserving honoree, Zoe—and all of those to come.

About the 2021 Kristen Hanson Memorial Scholarship recipient, Zoe Ge:

Zoe is a third-year Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics major and Film and TV minor at UCLA, pursuing a career in medicine. As an undergraduate student researcher in the Miller Lab, she is working on her departmental honors research project on the mutagenesis of various strains of E. coli to study its repair mechanisms and ability to acquire antibiotic resistance. Zoe also works as a medical assistant at Cedars-Sinai, where she helps the head physician with examinations and surgeries and documents each patient’s electronic health records. Previously, she worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for seven months in 2020, providing one-on-one basic life support to COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients during ambulance transports. As a first-generation and pre-med student, Zoe is passionate about the intersectionality of her cultural identity and her pursuits in healthcare. In the future, she hopes to apply her personal experiences to better care for underrepresented groups within the healthcare industry.

Q&A with Zoe:

How did you hear about the Kristen Hanson Memorial Scholarship and what prompted you to apply?
I was actually just hanging out one night when I suddenly got the email telling me I had been nominated. I couldn’t believe it at first. I dropped everything and immediately started researching the award. I was absolutely blown away by what an incredible honor it was to be nominated, so I just had to apply!

Why is receiving this scholarship meaningful for you?
The most meaningful part of this entire experience has been meeting and talking with the award committee. I was on a Zoom call with Sarah, Jen and Amander, the Chair of the MCDB Department. It was inspiring to hear from Sarah and Jen about their love for and memories of their dear friend Kristen and about everything they have done in their careers to build up the women around them.

How did Kristen’s story specifically inspire you?
I’m inspired by Kristen’s legacy and everything that’s been done in her memory. I think a lot of times we undergraduates tend to doubt the impact and potential we have, but Kristen’s story really proves that no action is too small and it’s never too late to make a difference in the world.

What are your future career aspirations?
It has always been my lifelong dream to pursue a career in medicine, so that’s exactly what I’m going to do! After finishing med school and working for a couple of years, I hope to open my own health clinic.

What is your advice for aspiring female scientists?
Like my Mom always said, take advantage of every opportunity. If you do not see a path ahead laid out for you, forge your own.

To donate to the Kristen Hanson Memorial Scholarship, and to support other promising scholars like Zoe, please visit: https://giving.ucla.edu/Standard/NetDonate.aspx?SiteNum=319

Previous Kristen Hanson Memorial Scholarship recipients:
Daniela Wong
Laila Sathe
Pagé Goddard
Esmeralda Isabel Villavicencio González

2021 Boyer/Parvin Postdoctoral award winners

June 24, 2021

Congratulations! Professor Hilary Coller

June 3, 2021

Congratulations! Distinguished Professor Bob Goldberg

April 8, 2021

The Department would like to congratulate Distinguished Professor Bob Goldberg, who has been honored with the Charles E Barnes Lifetime Membership Award from the American Society of Plant Biologists.

Women in Science

March 12, 2021

Women in Science webinar recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KH8Jr0ZjXoo

Be inspired by renowned female scientists as they discuss their biomedical research focused on finding solutions to high impact problems. This event showcase the critical role women play in scientific discovery, education and innovation.

Featuring:
Hanna Mikkola, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology
Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research

Karen Lyons, Ph.D.
Professor, Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology Professor and Vice Chair of Research, Orthopaedic Surgery,
David Geffen School of Medicine

Hilary Coller, Ph.D.
Professor, Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology Professor, Biological Chemistry
Interim Director, Molecular Biology Institute

with Q&A moderated by
Amander Clark, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor, Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology
Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research

Hosted by Department of Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology

Johnny Diaz - Undergraduate Research Center – Sciences

March 4, 2021

Johnny Diaz - Undergraduate Research Center – Sciences.

Professor Arjun Deb featured in UCLA Newsroom

December 7, 2020

Scientists discover how COVID-19 virus causes multiple organ failure in mice.

MCDB was sad to learn of the news of Dr. Kathryn Anderson’s passing

December 3, 2020

The Department of Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology was saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Kathryn Anderson. Dr. Anderson, like her mentor, the late MCDB Professor Dr. Judith Lengyel, was a a champion of women in science and an outstanding developmental biologist. Kathryn will be missed.

Read more on her life and accomplishments: https://www.mskcc.org/research/ski/labs/kathryn-anderson

Congratulations Professors Hanna Mikkola and Amander Clark on being selected for the list of 100 Trailblazing Women of UCLA Health.

August 28, 2020

Congratulations Professors Hanna Mikkola and Amander Clark on being selected for the list of 100 Trailblazing Women of UCLA Health

George G. & Betsy H. Laties Graduate Fellowship

August 18, 2020

Congratulations!
Manuel Mora and Shuya Wang were selected by the Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology to receive the George G. & Betsy H. Laties Graduate Fellowship. They were each awarded a fellowship of $30,000 this academic year. The fellowship supports eligible GPB students in their second or third year of study who specialize in molecular plant biology.

Kristen Hanson Memorial Fund Scholarship

August 17, 2020

Congratulations!
Daniela Wong has been selected by the Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology to receive the Kristen Hanson Memorial Fund Scholarship.

This award is made possible by the generosity of donors to the Division of Life Sciences.

Kristen Hanson Memorial Fund Scholarship
When Hanson passed away in 2012, her friends Courtney Cochran, Sarah Ellenbogen and Jennifer Bogan raised $25,000 to dedicate a bench at the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden in honor of the former MCDB graduate. That successful experience inspired them to raise $100,000 to endow a scholarship that would extend Hanson’s legacy by awarding a $5000 scholarship to a student each year, chosen by a committee of faculty and donors. This award honors a female undergraduate who exemplifies the positive traits that Kristen embodied, which include not only academic accomplishment and a passion for science, but also well-rounded interests, leadership, originality and commitment to engage with the world.

To donate please go to this link: https://giving.ucla.edu/Standard/NetDonate.aspx?SiteNum=319

Previous Recipient of the Kristen Hanson Memorial Fund Scholarship
Laila Sathe
Pagé Goddard
Esmeralda Isabel Villavicencio González

Professor Arjun Deb Featured in UCLA Newsroom

July 6, 2020

How the body regulates scar tissue growth after heart attacks.

Tracy Johnson named dean of the UCLA Division of Life Sciences

June 2, 2020

Tracy Johnson named dean of the UCLA Division of Life Sciences

Symposium addresses how protecting plant health protects life

April 16, 2020

"Symposium addresses how protecting plant health protects life”.

“Hundreds of UCLA students publish paper analyzing 1,000 genes involved in organ development”

January 28, 2020

News of this research is the lead story on the UCLA Newsroom: “Hundreds of UCLA students publish paper analyzing 1,000 genes involved in organ development”.

Congratulations to all involved! The senior corresponding authors are Utpal Banerjee and Cory Evans and we should congratulate all the hard work of the UCLA undergraduates who are now published authors of an informative and timely manuscript that moves the needle on scientific discovery.

Congratulations to Hanna Mikkola and Vincenzo Calvanese!

December 9, 2019

Professsor Hanna Mikkola Featured in UCLA Newsroom. Researchers identify protein that governs human blood stem cell self-renewal

Congratulations Dr. Goldstein on receiving the Young Investigator Award

November 12, 2019

Dr. Goldstein with three of his students (PhD students Preston Crowell and Jenna Giafaglione and undergrad MCDB major Johnny Diaz) after receiving the Young Investigator Award.

Professor Lowry and Iruela-Arispe Featured in UCLA Newsroom

September 6, 2019

For full news article, please visit UCLA Newsroom.

Kristen Hanson Memorial Fund Scholarship

July 17, 2019

Congratulations!
Esmeralda Isabel Villavicencio González has been selected by the Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology to receive the Kristen Hanson Memorial Fund Scholarship.

This award is made possible by the generosity of donors to the Division of Life Sciences.

Kristen Hanson Memorial Fund Scholarship
When Hanson passed away in 2012, her friends Courtney Cochran, Sarah Ellenbogen and Jennifer Bogan raised $25,000 to dedicate a bench at the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden in honor of the former MCDB graduate. That successful experience inspired them to raise $100,000 to endow a scholarship that would extend Hanson’s legacy by awarding a $5000 scholarship to a student each year, chosen by a committee of faculty and donors. This award honors a female undergraduate who exemplifies the positive traits that Kristen embodied, which include not only academic accomplishment and a passion for science, but also well-rounded interests, leadership, originality and commitment to engage with the world.

To donate please go to this link: https://giving.ucla.edu/Standard/NetDonate.aspx?SiteNum=319

Previous Recipient of the Kristen Hanson Memorial Fund Scholarship
Laila Sathe
Pagé Goddard

Congratulations!

May 7, 2019

Dr. Hilary Coller recipient of the Life Sciences Excellence in Research Award.

Congratulations!

November 1, 2018

Dr. Leanne Jones nominated for the Postdoctoral Scholars Mentoring Award!

Congratulations!

July 23, 2018

Congratulations!
Laila Sathe has been selected by the Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology to receive the Kristen Hanson Memorial Fund Scholarship.

This award is made possible by the generosity of donors to the Division of Life Sciences.

Kristen Hanson Memorial Fund Scholarship
When Hanson passed away in 2012, her friends Courtney Cochran, Sarah Ellenbogen and Jennifer Bogan raised $25,000 to dedicate a bench at the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden in honor of the former MCDB graduate. That successful experience inspired them to raise $100,000 to endow a scholarship that would extend Hanson’s legacy by awarding a $5000 scholarship to a student each year, chosen by a committee of faculty and donors. This award honors a female undergraduate who exemplifies the positive traits that Kristen embodied, which include not only academic accomplishment and a passion for science, but also well-rounded interests, leadership, originality and commitment to engage with the world.

To donate please go to this link: https://giving.ucla.edu/Standard/NetDonate.aspx?SiteNum=319
 
Previous Recipient of the Kristen Hanson Memorial Fund Scholarship
Pagé Goddard
 

Professor Amander Clark Featured in WSJ Podcast

April 9, 2018

The Podcast is called ‘The High-Tech Approach to Human Fertility’

Professsor Arjun Deb Featured in UCLA Newsroom

March 1, 2018

For full news article, please visit UCLA Newsroom.

Professor Amander Clark Featured in UCLA Newsroom

January 31, 2018

For full news article, please visit UCLA Newsroom.

Associate Professor Atsushi "Austin" Nakano Featured in UCLA Newsroom

December 13, 2017

For full news article, please visit UCLA NEWSROOM.

Professor Amander Clark Featured in UCLA Newsroom

December 5, 2017

For full news article, please visit UCLA NEWSROOM

Professor Bill Lowry Featured in UCLA Newsroom

August 16, 2017

For full news article, please visit UCLA NEWSROOM.

HHMI Inclusive Excellence Grant directed by Professor Tracy Johnson selected for funding

June 8, 2017

UCLA was one of 24 institutions (out of over 500 that applied) to receive this $1 million award!  The proposal is a multi-tiered approach to enhancing opportunities for all of our students, with a particular focus on transfer students. The work builds on best practices we’ve established at UCLA and allows us to explore some creative new strategies to develop the talents of our students!  

For more information, please visit HHMI and UCLA Newsroom

Professor Matteo Pellegrini PNAS research is the lead story on the UCLA Newsroom

May 22, 2017

For full article, please visit UCLA Newsroom

Professor Andrew Goldstein receives grant to study role of molecule in prostate cancer

April 21, 2017

For full article, please visit UCLA newsroom.

Professor Tracy Johnson receives the 2016-2017 Faculty Career Commitment to Diversity DEI Award

April 10, 2017

The Academic Senate and its Committee on Diversity and Equal Opportunity (CODEO) take great pleasure in announcing the recipients of the 2016-2017 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Awards. Each year, CODEO honors one undergraduate student, one graduate student, one staff and up to four faculty members for their contributions to furthering a diverse, impartial, and inclusive environment at UCLA. The selection of these winners is often difficult as each of the many candidates nominated for these awards have made enormous contributions to encouraging that environment in important and innovative ways. This year’s selection was no exception.

Faculty Career Commitment to Diversity DEI Award Recipient
Tracy Johnson, professor of Molecular Cell and Development Biology is this year’s Faculty Career Commitment to Diversity DEI Award recipient. Dr. Johnson, a Howard Hughes Medical Investigator has been instrumental in establishing and supporting the Organization of African-American Students Excelling in STEM (OASES), a program that supports the success of African-American and other minorities in science. She also established a research-based program for first year science majors from underrepresented and underserved groups. As the Life Sciences Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence, and co-chair of the Life Sciences Diversity Advisory Committee, Dr. Johnson has plaid a major role in making Life Sciences a campus and national leader in diversity and inclusive excellence. Her work has been the driving force for the requirement of a statement on contributions to diversity and inclusion in all faculty merit and promotion dossiers. Finally, Dr. Johnson has developed strategies to achieve excellence in pedagogy and scholarship through diversity and inclusion and was part of a small group of campus faculty who contributed to the passage of the College of Letters and Science Diversity Course requirement.

Lecturer Peiyun Lee Wins a Professional Development Award

March 3, 2017

he UCLA Academic Personnel Office recently announced the recipients of the Unit 18 professional development awards for 2016-17. The awards support the professional growth and pedagogical initiatives of lecturers, officially known as Unit 18 non-Senate faculty at UCLA.

For more information, please visit UCLA Newsroom.

Professor Chentao Lin featured in the UCLA Newsroom

October 20, 2016

For full article, please visit UCLA Newsroom

Professor Tracy Johnson featured in the UCLA Newsroom

August 3, 2016

For the full article, please visit UCLA Newsroom.

Professor Hanna Mikkola featured in UCLA newsroom

May 18, 2016

For full article, please visit UCLA NEWSROOM.

Professor Steven Jacobsen elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 22, 2016

Professor Steven Jacobsen elected as one of seven UCLA faculty to American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

For more information, please visit UCLA Newsroom.

Professor Tracy Johnson featured in the UCLA Newsroom

February 22, 2016

Professor Tracy Johnson featured in the UCLA Newsroom.

Professors Amander Clark and Steve Jacobsen Featured in the UCLA Newsroom

February 5, 2016

For full article, please visit Standard Method for Deriving Stem Cells May Be Better For Use in Regenerative Medicine .

UCLA graduate students explore the entrepreneurial side of science

January 27, 2016

MCDB grad student, Kathryn Zavala is featured in the UCLA Newsroom.

Professor Steve Jacobsen Featured on the UCLA Life Sciences Division Webpage

October 7, 2015

For full article, please visit UCLA Life Sciences Division webpage.

Undergraduate Walter Mancia Featured in UCLA newsroom

June 12, 2015

For full article, please visit UCLA Newsroom

Professor Bill Lowry Featured in UCLA Newsroom

May 26, 2015

For full news article, please visit UCLA Newsroom

Professor Amander Clark featured in the UCLA Newsroom

May 22, 2015

For the full article, please visit the UCLA Newsroom.