Congratulations to Dr. Pamela Ting!

The department congratulates Pamela Ting (mentor: John Colicelli) for defending her dissertation!

Pamela's dissertation defense: "RAS Signal Transduction: Insights from RIN1 Effector Pathway Studies"

Dr. Lenore Arab's research mentioned in several news outlets!

Dr. Lenore Arab's research shows walnuts may help boost our memory

Research led by Dr. Lenore Arab, professor of medicine in the division of general internal medicine and health services research and of biological chemistry, suggesting that eating a few walnuts a day may help  improve memory, concentration and information processing speed, was covered Jan. 21 by U.S. News & World Report, and Jan. 22 by CBS, the Business Standard, DNA India, 490Live and other outlets.

The Plath lab publishes article in Cell

Congratulations to the Plath Lab for publishing their paper in Cell!

Kathrin Plath and her lab published an article titled "X Chromosome Reactivation Dynamics Reveal Stages of Reprogramming to Pluripotency" in CellClick here to read the article!

Switzer Prize for Biomedical Discovery: Professor David Eisenberg

Congratulations to Dr. David Eisenberg! He has been awarded the first Switzer Prize for Biomedical Discovery!

The Switzer prize is in honor of Irma and Norman Switzer who through a gift to the David Geffen School of Medicine provided funds to support the advancement of medicine and health. The purpose of the prize is to honor a scientific investigator or group of investigators, anywhere in the world, whose contributions in the broad field of biomedical science are deemed worthy of special recognition. The prize consists of an honorarium and a citation, and was presented at the 55th School of Medicine’s Annual Lectureship last month.

Dr. Eisenberg currently serves as a HHMI Investigator and served as Director of the UCLA-DOE Institute for Genomics and Proteomics from July, 1993 to June, 2014. Dr. Eisenberg has received the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the UCLA Faculty Research Lectureship, the Stein and Moore Award of the Protein Society and the American Chemical Society’s Faculty Mentoring Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the Institute of Medicine.

Click here for more information on Dr. David Eisenberg.

Kelsey Martin selected as a Presidential Special Lecturer

Kelsey Martin will give the Presidential Special Lecture at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience in Washington, DC.

The Society for Neuroscience is the world’s largest organization of scientists and physicians devoted to understanding the brain and nervous system. The nonprofit organization, founded in 1969, now has nearly 40,000 members in more than 90 countries and 130 chapters worldwide.

Kelsey will give her talk on "The Living Record of Memory: Genes, Neurons, and Synapses" on November 15, 2014. 

Memory requires stimulus-induced changes in gene expression, which in turn, alters synaptic connectivity and wiring in the brain. In this way, experience combines with our genome to determine who we are as individuals. This talk describes efforts to understand how experience regulates gene expression within neurons, how stimulus-induced signals are transported from distal synapses to the nucleus to alter gene expression, and how gene expression is spatially restricted to specific subcellular compartments.

2014-2015 UCLA SPORE in Prostate Cancer Award

Dr. Hilary Coller receives a Career Development Program Award from the UCLA SPORE in Prostate Cancer.

The Career Development Program supports junior faculty and established researchers who wish to commit their research interests to or refocus on translational approaches in the prostate cancer research field.

The purpose of the UCLA SPORE in Prostate Cancer is to contribute significantly to progress in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of prostate cancer. These goals will be accomplished through multiple and diverse research projects, both in basic science and population-based research, which can be rapidly translated into clinical applications.

"Unlocking the Vault"

An article published by Drs. Leonard Rome and Kathleen Kelly in International Innovation. Click here to read the full version.

Grant will advance UCLA research on lung cancer treatment

National Cancer Institute gives $1 million for research on vault nanomedicine treatment for lung cancer

The treatment combines an immunotherapy agent called CCL21 with a drug delivery nanotechnology using biological particles called vaults. It was developed by Dr. Leonard Rome, associate director of UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute, and Dr. Steven Dubinett, director of the UCLA Clinical Translational Science Institute, both of whom are also members of UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Click here to read the full article in UCLA newsroom


Jen Quick-Cleveland receives Audree Fowler Fellowship

Congratulations to graduate student Jen Quick-Cleveland for receiving the Audree Fowler Fellowship in Protein Science!

Jen Quick-Cleveland, a graduate student from Dr. Feng Guo's lab will receive up to $5,000 to be used for scientific travel, books, supplies, computers, and software. The graduate student fellowship was made possible by a very generous gift from Dr. Audree Fowler from UCLA.  Click here to learn more abut the fellowship and to see the list of past recipients.


Assistant Professor Position

The Department is seeking candidates for a tenure-track faculty position.

The Department of Biological Chemistry (, a basic science department within the UCLA School of Medicine, is seeking applicants with a PhD and/or MD degree for a tenure-track faculty position in any area of biochemistry, molecular, cell, or developmental biology. Although preference will be given to applicants at the Assistant Professor level, exceptional candidates at the Associate or Professor level are also encouraged to apply. Applicants should have an excellent record of creative research accomplishments. The new faculty member will be expected to develop an innovative research program addressing fundamental biological questions and to contribute to departmental teaching. The position is state-supported with a guaranteed salary base, outstanding fringe benefits, and substantial start-up funds.

Candidate selection will begin December 1, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a full curriculum vitae, a description of research plan (3-page limit excluding references), and three letters of reference electronically at under the “Biological Chemistry” heading (posting # JPF00463). References may submit their letters directly through the same website.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy


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