College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

PMB Assistant Professor Awarded Packard Fellowship

October 22, 2007

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has named CNR’s Arash Komeili one of 20 new promising scientific researchers as a 2007 recipient of Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering. He will receive an unrestricted research grant of $625,000 over five years.

Komeili, an assistant professor in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, is being honored for his work in elucidating the molecular mechanisms behind the formation of nanometer-sized magnetite crystals within the magnetosome organelles of magnetotactic bacteria.

The Fellowship Program was established in 1988 and arose out of David Packard's commitment to strengthening university-based science and engineering programs. By supporting unusually creative researchers early in their careers, the Foundation hopes to develop scientific leaders, further the work of promising young scientists and engineers, and support efforts to attract talented graduate students into university research in the United States.

Over the past nineteen years, the Fellowship Program has awarded 404 fellowships, totaling over $232 million to fund research in a broad range of disciplines that includes physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, and all branches of engineering. It is among the nation's largest nongovernmental program designed to seek out and reward the pursuit of scientific discovery with "no strings attached" support.

The 2007 Fellows were nominated by presidents of 50 universities that participate in the Fellowship program. The 100 nominations were reviewed by the Fellowship Advisory Panel, a group of nationally recognized scientists, which then recommended 20 Fellows for approval by the Packard Foundation Board of Trustees.

Categories

CNR Calendar

Monthly Archives


Recent Posts

Partnership to Advance Cooperative Extension
Persistent methodological flaw undermines biodiversity conservation in tropical forests
Conservatives can be persuaded to care more about the environment, study finds
New gene found that turns carbs into fat, could be target for future drugs
Plants and soils could accelerate climate's warming, study warns
Estrogenic plants linked to hormone, behavioral changes
Scientists look to Hawaii’s bugs for clues to origins of biodiversity
New Wetland Design Shows Leap in Cleansing Toxins from Salton Sea
Arsenic-Tainted South Berkeley Lot Focus of Rehab Project
New Interview With Biochemist Andrew Benson Is Online

Syndication

Subscribe to this blog's feed