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UCD Food Evolution Movie Screening May 2nd 7pm

Of possible interest – posting email I just received

From Academy Award®-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy (The Garden, Fame High, OT: Our Town) and narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, FOOD EVOLUTION explores the polarizing topic of genetically engineered crops in agriculture, tackling this controversial topic to address the larger issue of how science and research is often misunderstood by the public.

The event will begin at 6pm with an Info Fair in the lobby of the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre. The movie will begin at 7pm followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A featuring Director Scott Hamilton Kennedy, Producer Trace Sheehan, and prominent researchers.

Early Bird tickets are $7.50 each, available online only at EventBrite. A limited number of tickets will be sold at the door for $10. Please print your ticket and bring it with you to the event.

To purchase tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-evolution-movie-screening-tickets-33645400298


Laetitia G.E. Wilkins at #UCDavis today: Diversity of bacterial symbionts on salmonid eggs

MIC 291: Selected Topics in Microbiology

Work-in-Progress Seminars

Dr. Laetitia G.E. Wilkins

(Carlson Lab, Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management, UC Berkeley; Eisen Lab, Genome Center, UCD)

“Diversity of bacterial symbionts on salmonid eggs: genetic and environmental effects”

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

4:10 pm

1022 Life Sciences

Dr. Wilkins is a postdoctoral research fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation, with Stephanie Carlson (UC Berkeley) and Jonathan Eisen (UC Davis). She is interested in the interactions between developing embryos and their associated microbes. In particular, she is investigating non-genetic paternal effects on early salmonid development and their host-associated bacterial communities.


Wilkins 4-26-17.doc

Summer Short Course in Flow Cytometry at #UCDavis

Please share this email with any interested parties or better yet, print the attached flyer and hang it in your lab;

University of California Davis

Summer Short Course in Flow Cytometry

Davis, California

Sponsored by the UC Davis Biotechnology Program and the UC Davis Flow Cytometry Shared Resource

July 17-21, 2017

This comprehensive flow cytometry course is enhanced with interactive laboratory sessions using many of our UC Davis cytometers as well as new instrumentation and software to teach you to a variety of established and new approaches in cytometry. Special guest speakers will introduce new trends in flow cytometry and explain the physical and electronic concepts in light collection and signal processing. Thanks to many generous sponsors, lunches and coffee breaks are provided to promote opportunities for interaction with the instructors and cytometry specialists. Please make plans to join us this summer for another fun week of flow education.

For registration details and fees, please go to the Biotechnology Program’s summer courses page at: http://www.biotech.ucdavis.edu/SummerCourses.html

Course objectives:

· Learn the fundamental concepts of how flow cytometers work

· Discuss best practices in sample preparation for flow cytometry

· Describe standard assays and techniques

· Introduce new cutting edge technologies and applications for single cell analysis and genomics

· Demystify multicolor cell staining, compensation and analysis

Laboratory sessions include:

· UC Davis LSRII: Software setup for successful multicolor acquisition and analysis

· UC Davis Astrios Cell Sorter: Cell sorting fundamentals using the Beckman Coulter Astrios

· Cytometer setup and quality control for consistent performance with the Cytek DxP8 cytometer

· Multispectral imaging flow cytometry using the Amnis FlowSight Imaging Cytometer

· Multiparameter Analysis of Cell Surface Markers, Cytokines, Transcription Factors by Flow Cytometry: BD Biosciences on the LSRII cytometer

· FlowJo basic and advanced flow cytometry data analysis and panel design wizard

· Targeted gene expression in single cells using flow sorting and the Fluidigm BioMark

Special guest speakers:

· Holden Maecker, Ph.D., Director, Stanford University Human Immune Monitoring Core

· Jolene Bradford, Associate Director Flow Cytometry Systems, Molecular Probes, a Division of Invitrogen with ThermoFisher Scientific

· Marty Bigos, Director, Stanford Shared Flow Cytometry Laboratory

· And more!


Temp Lecturer position at #UCDavis in Molecular and Cellular Biology


The Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of California, Davis invites applications for non‐tenured positions for Spring Quarter, 2017

BIS102: Structure and Function of Biomolecules

BIS103: Bioenergetics and Metabolism

BIS105: Biomolecules and Metabolism Qualifications: A Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Genetics, Cell Biology or related field

Description: Duties will include teaching in one or more sections of the course Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications.

Application Deadlines: Open until 3/24 or filled.

Application Materials: Please send a curriculum vitae, including areas of concentration in undergraduate and graduate studies and teaching experience, plus names, addresses and phone numbers of three references to Dr. Ken Kaplan, kbkaplan

The University of California, Davis is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

MCB Spg 2017 lecturer position.pdf

HHMI Announces New Investigator Competition

Of possible interest – was just forwarded this

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to share that Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has launched a national competition to select new HHMI investigators. We invite researchers to apply who bring original and innovative approaches to the investigation of biological problems in biomedical disciplines, plant biology, evolutionary biology, biophysics, chemical biology, biomedical engineering, and computational biology. Physician scientists are encouraged to participate in the competition. We expect to appoint up to 20 new investigators.

We ask that you encourage appropriate scientists to participate in this open competition. Eligible candidates apply directly without an institutional nomination, and there are no limits on the number of applicants or awardees from any of the over 200 eligible institutions. More information about the HHMI Investigator Program and this competition may be found on our website: http://www.hhmi.org/inv2018.

In brief, candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria at the time of the application deadline:

  • PhD and/or MD (or the equivalent).
  • Tenured or tenure-track position as an assistant professor or higher academic rank (or the equivalent) at an eligible U.S. institution, which would become the host institution.
  • More than 3, but no more than 12, years of post-training, professional experience. To meet this requirement, the applicant’s professional appointment(s) must have begun no earlier than June 1, 2005, and no later than September 1, 2014.
  • Principal investigator on one or more active, national peer-reviewed research grants with an initial duration of at least three years, such as an NIH R01 grant. Mentored awards, career development and training grants do not qualify. Multi-investigator grants may qualify.

The deadline for submission of all application materials is June 27, 2017, at 3:00 p.m., Eastern Time.

The HHMI review process will include evaluation of applications by distinguished scientists, leading to the selection of semifinalists by early 2018. Following further review, finalists will be selected in the spring of 2018, with appointments to begin as early as September 1, 2018. Institutions with finalists who have not previously hosted an HHMI investigator will be required to enter into a collaborative agreement with HHMI.

HHMI welcomes a diverse and broad applicant pool. Individuals from gender, racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in biomedical research at the career stages targeted by this program are encouraged to apply. As an equal opportunity employer, HHMI does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

We appreciate your help in distributing this announcement to colleagues at your institution.

With best regards,


Erin K O’Shea PhD

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Marine Biodiversity: Hakai & Smithsonian MarineGEO

was forwarded this announcement

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Marine Biodiversity

Application review begins March 27, 2017

The Hakai Institute and the Smithsonian Institution’s MarineGEO program seek candidates for a Postdoctoral Fellow based at the University of British Columbia to lead a detailed assessment and analysis of biodiversity in coastal benthic habitats of the Calvert Island Marine Station on the Central Coast of British Columbia. Details below and here: https://www.hakai.org/marinegeopostdoc

The position is part of an ongoing research program aiming to understand nearshore biodiversity of this unique region. We seek a Postdoctoral Fellow to lead a detailed biological inventory of this region (‘BioBlitz’), and develop research that takes advantage of this inventory and existing biological datasets to advance our comparative understanding and quantitative estimates of biodiversity in the North Pacific region.

The Fellow’s time will be split equally between leading the “BioBlitz” and complementary biodiversity research, with data analysis/manuscript preparation stemming from these two activities.


The Fellow will lead the BioBlitz in the summer of 2017, an intensive field characterization and analysis of biodiversity along Calvert Island’s shorelines and representative habitats of British Columbia’ Central Coast region. The BioBlitz will be conducted in collaboration with the Hakai Institute’s group of researchers (Nearshore Marine Ecology, Oceanography, Geospatial groups) and with a team of experts from the BC region, Smithsonian Institution, and around the world. There are two key components of the BioBlitz:

• A two-week, detailed inventory of representative nearshore habitats: seagrass meadows, soft sediment substrates, intertidal rocky reef and kelp forests. These inventories will complement and add taxonomic resolution to on-going interannual and seasonal monitoring of indicator species and functional diversity in these habitats. The Fellow will have the opportunity to specialize in particular methods or habitats of their interest, but will work with a much larger team of taxonomic generalists and specialists to broadly cover the nearshore environment.

• Analysis and comparison of benthic subtidal rocky reef biodiversity using standardized settlement plates (Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures, ARMS). ARMS have been deployed to sample differences in community structure between kelp forests (dominated by both Nereocystis and Macrocystis kelps) and de-forested urchin barrens in near proximity to the Calvert Island Research Station.

Together, these BioBlitz components aim to integrate taxonomic descriptions of species with genetic analyses and community-level data. Ultimately, this will produce an unprecedented level of understanding and baseline of habitat-associated marine biodiversity in the Northeast Pacific.

Proposed Research

In conjunction with the BioBlitz, there is considerable scope for independent research employing the BioBlitz collections data, and taking advantage of existing nearshore habitat monitoring datasets (seagrass, kelp, soft sediment, rocky intertidal datasets) and oceanographic/atmospheric data.

Using this diverse dataset and collaboration, applicants will propose research questions (1-page document) pertaining to, but not limited to:

• spatial scaling of biodiversity

• habitat connectivity and complexity

• functional and taxonomic diversity; relationships to ecosystem services

• drivers of change in benthic diversity

Research may focus on either specific habitats or taxa, or address comparative, cross-habitat questions. The proposed research should contribute to biodiversity knowledge of the Northeast Pacific region, with global context and comparative relevance through Smithsonian’s MarineGEO global network.

The Fellowship

The Fellow will be supervised by Margot Hessing-Lewis (Hakai Institute), Patrick Martone (UBC Botany) and Mary O’Connor (UBC Zoology), with residency at the University of British Columbia (UBC). They will collaborate closely with other scientists from the Hakai Institute, the Smithsonian Institution (Washington D.C.) and UBC (Biodiversity Research Center and Beatty Biodiversity Museum, Institute for Oceans and Fisheries).

The candidate must have a Ph.D. in biology, marine science, or other appropriate field, experience in marine field ecology, and clear evidence of research achievement and promise. Because the project involves a collaborative partnership, strong organizational, communication, writing, and people skills are essential. Advanced quantitative skills, including analysis of genomic datasets and taxonomic expertise, or community biodiversity data are also a plus.

To Apply

Applications should include (1) a current Curriculum Vitae; (2) a one-page summary of relevant career goals, interests, experience and publications; (3) a one-page proposal of research questions relevant to the stated goals of the research program; and (4) names and full contact information (postal address, email address, and phone number) for two references (we will contact them directly to request letters of recommendation).

Please submit your application electronically as a single PDF document to the three supervisors listed below with the file name and email subject heading ‘Hakai MarineGEO Postdoc application – SURNAME’ with your surname in capital letters.

The position is a Mitacs Accelerate Post Doc, available immediately for up to two years, contingent on satisfactory progress. The stipend is $55,000 per year, plus Mandatory Employment Related Benefits. Additional funds for research and travel related to the BioBlitz will also be provided.

Review of applications will begin on March 27, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

The two-year position will start in Spring 2017. Specific start dates will be negotiated with the successful candidate. The BioBlitz is planned for August 2017.

Project supervisors

Dr. Margot Hessing-Lewis
Hakai Institute: https://www.hakai.org/

Dr. Patrick Martone

Dr. Mary O’Connor