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Stanford.Berkeley.UCSF Next Generation Faculty Symposium highlights rising stars

Faculty at Stanford, Berkeley and UCSF faculty invited early career scientists to share their contributions to human health research.

The Symposium, sponsored by ChEM-H and co-organized by Institute Scholar Polly Fordyce, was held on October 23. It featured 12 exceptional early-career scientists in the field of quantitative biological and biomedical sciences with a demonstrated commitment to enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM.

The Next Generation Faculty Symposium is designed to reform faculty recruitment with targeted efforts prior to the announcement of faculty searches, thereby increasing the diversity and quality of our applicant pool. Research seminars highlight the work of a cohort of diverse late-stage graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Speakers were selected based on demonstrated scientific excellence, evaluated based on prior research achievement and significant prior contributions to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion. In addition to the presentations, the Symposium featured one-on-one and small group discussions between Next Gen Scientists and a scientific advisory board made of up faculty from related departments at UC Berkeley, Stanford, and UCSF. In this way, the Symposium is structured to provide meaningful mentoring for junior scientists that will directly impact their career trajectory while simultaneously providing search committees with early access to a highly coveted candidate pool. Our primary goal with this program is to dramatically increase the number of talented candidates in faculty search pools, who not only demonstrate promise to become great scientists, but who will also become the next generation of great professors.

Hear from the Next Gen scholars

Watch their recorded talks below

Hawa Racine Thiam, NHLBI

The nucleus: squeeze it, burst it, to mediate immune responses

Geoffrey Lovely, NIA

Visualizing a lymphocyte genome editor: watching the RAG recombinase locate antibody genes in living B cells

Kyle Daniels, UCSF

High-throughput screening of synthetic costimulatory domains to modulate CAR T cell function

Ottman Tertuliano, Stanford

Probing nanoscale human bone fracture to engineer biocompatible materials

Thomas Stewart, University of Chicago

Fins, limbs, and the origin of morphological novelty

Mireille Kamariza, Harvard

Towards Equitable BioMedicine

Catherine Tcheandjieu, Stanford

A multi-ethnic GWAS study of ascending aorta diameter and polygenic risk prediction for thoracic aortic disease

James Nunez, UCSF

Programmable transcriptional memory by CRISPR-mediated epigenome editing

Nicole Martinez, Yale

Pseudouridine synthases modify human pre-mRNA co-transcriptionally and affect splicing

David Cox, Stanford

RNA editing with CRISPR-Cas13

Caroline Palavicino-Maggio, Harvard

Investigating the underlying neural circuits that regulate female aggressive behavior

Chantell Evans, University of Pennsylvania

Investigating the temporal dynamics of neuronal mitophagy