2019 NIH New Innovator Awards Announced
Two UCSF faculty who support BMS students--Alex Pollen, PhD and Faranak Fattahi, PhD--were awarded grants from the NIH to pursue highly innovative and unusually impactful biomedical research.
New Vision for Parnassus Campus
UC San Francisco leaders on Wednesday unveiled a long-term vision to transform the historic Parnassus Heights campus into a destination worthy of its world-renowned stature in health sciences.
BMS Student Receives Weintraub Award
Congratulations to Adair Borges (Bondy-Denomy Lab) for her incredible achievement. The Harold M. Weintraub Award recognizes outstanding achievement during graduate studies in the biological sciences.
Martin Kampmann receives Ben Barres Early Career Acceleration Award from Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Phages Fight Back Against CRISPR Defenses In Bacteria
Joseph Bondy-Denomy, PhD, and BMS student Adair Borges recently discovered what they're calling a form of “viral altruism,” as described in a new paper in Cell.
BMS Student's Work on Revolutionary Gene-Editing Technique
Theo Roth's first-author paper, "Reprogramming human T cell function and specificity with non-viral genome targeting," was recently featured in the New York Times.
Mysterious Brain-Eating Shark Killer Identified
The pathogen was finally identified through next-generation sequencing by Hanna Retallack, a BMS graduate student in Joe DeRisi's lab. [Photo by Steve Babuljak]
Marson Lab Awarded Grant From Gilead Sciences
Congratulations to Alexander Marson's lab, which was recently awarded a grant from Gilead Sciences for $1.6 million. It is one of five grants this year that Gilead Sciences has awarded to researchers whose work focuses on HIV and AIDS. [Scroll here for article; Photo: LOREN ELLIOTT, Special To The Chronicle]
NIH New Innovator Award
Congratulations to BMS faculty member, Anna Molofsky, for her recent grant from the NIH. Dr. Molofsky is one of two UCSF researchers who has received the New Innovator Award from the NIH this year. [Photo: Nicholas Roznovsky]
Innovative Education
National Institute of General Medical Sciences has awarded a T32 administrative supplement to fund the development of a course titled Business Strategy as a Scientific Skill. Dr. K. Mark Ansel, BMS program director, and Dr. Thi Nguyen, career development consultant at the Office of Career and Professional Development, will lead the program.

The Business Strategy course will be delivered as a series of online lectures and podcasts, and will teach graduate students about business strategy used in academic and industry settings. Topics include strategic tools, collaborations and evaluating your strategic plan. To create the course, Dr. Nguyen will collaborate with BMS faculty, UCSF alumni, and UCSF organizations such as iBiology, Carry the One Radio podcast, and Biotech Connection Bay Area. This course will build upon the success of the introductory course produced by Dr. Nguyen with funding from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

“The BMS Program is excited about our partnership with Dr. Nguyen and the OCPD to help make this innovative course available to all UCSF graduate students,” said Dr. Ansel.
From Diane Barber Lab
Naïve ground-state human embryonic stem cells derived from primed embryonic stem cells immunolabeled for β-catenin (green) and stained for actin filaments (magenta) and nuclei (blue).

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