College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

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The William Muriece Hoskins Chair in Chemical and Molecular Entomology


This fund supports a chair that provides a permanent opportunity for research in the chemistry and molecular biology of insects, ticks, and mites. This includes all aspects of their toxicology, physiology, genetics, and behavior.

The current chairholder is Professor Professor John E. Casida of ESPM. He has produced groundbreaking work on pesticides, particularly the mode of action of most major insecticides and their synergists. Support from this chair has been important in defining the molecular basis for selective toxicity to insects with safety for people and in training graduate students in this aspect of interdisciplinary science.

The William Muriece Hoskins Chair in Chemical and Molecular Entomology was established in 1992 with an endowment funded by Edmund E. and Helen Hoskins. The chair honors William Hoskinsí scientific and academic achievements.

William M. Hoskins earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1919 and a doctorate in chemistry in 1922 from UC Berkeley. An emeritus professor of entomology and chemist in the Experiment Station, he enjoyed a 34-year career at Berkeley and became an international authority on the chemistry and biochemistry of insecticides and fungicides.

All gifts to CNR are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.


Prof. John E. Casida is the current Hoskins chairholder.