November 2017 Spotlight: Michael Alberto Gomez CLEAR Member? Since September 2017 What do you do? I use the CRISPR technology to genetically engineer disease resistance in major crops, such as cassava, tomato, and cacao. What was your favorite class ever and why? Music history… Read More

October 2017 Spotlight: Mary Madera CLEAR member? Since we started – March 2015 What do you do? I study drought tolerance and growth patterns in a gluten-free grain called sorghum which is a staple crop for many people worldwide. Where did you grow… Read More

October 2017 Spotlight: Cat Adams CLEAR Member? Since Day 1! (March 2015) What do you do? I study the poisonous death cap mushroom, and how it has become such a successful invasive species. What was your favorite class ever and why? Experimental Evolutionary Ecology!… Read More

September 2017 Spotlight: Tuesday Simmons CLEAR Member? August 2016 – present What do you do? I study the bacteria that live inside the roots of plants and how they help plants grow during droughts. Where did you grow up? I grew up in an itty-bitty, unincorporated… Read More

September 2017 Spotlight: Virginia Markham CLEAR Member? 2016-present What do you do? I work at a US Department of Energy research facility, analyzing the DNA of biofuel crop plants. What got you involved in science? Learning about climate change in my high school environmental science class…. Read More

August 2017 Spotlight: Johan Jaenisch CLEAR Member? 2015-2016 What do you do? I look at how a plant leaf reacts to a fungal infection, and how the fungus tricks the affected cells to help produce energy-rich fats to fuel fungal reproduction. Which college did… Read More

How I survived Eating the Impossible Burger Daniel Westcott When I sunk my teeth into the Impossible Burger, I didn’t realize that I was risking my life. I’ve got a family that depends on me, work that I feel is important and… Read More

Scientists in Your Neighborhood

Originally posted on the American Society of Plant Biologists’ blog on June 15, 2017 On a Saturday at the Berkeley Farmer’s Market, under a sign that says “Talk to a Scientist!”, you might get a chance to meet one of us, graduate… Read More

     I have always felt that to tackle a problem, we must first understand its origins. And there is no denying that public perception of GMOs is a problem. Oftentimes when I bring up the topic of GE (genetic engineering) technology,… Read More

March of the Nerds: PhDs take D.C.

Becky Mackelprang, PhD Candidate, UC Berkeley June 13, 2017 The evening of the 2016 Presidential Election began with the excitement of a child on Christmas morning. I was ready to celebrate the election of a woman to the presidency – to see… Read More