Posts byAnkit Kumar

From the Editor

Dear Readers, As I write this letter, I am sitting in my kitchen at home (or sometimes on the couch) practicing social distancing to stop the spread of COVID-19. Like everyone else, I am thinking about when we can return to our normal lives and, like other scientists, how I miss being able to do
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Staff Listing, Spring 2020

Editor in Chief Hayley McCausland Editors Maya Emmons-Bell Katie Deets Sierra Lear Nanticha Lutt Andrew Saintsing Anna Waldo Copy Editors April Myers Emma Regan Managing Editor Maya Emmons-Bell Art Director Emily Gonthier Designers Mohini Bariya Amanda Bischoff Gautam Gunjala Johan Jaenisch Alison Nguyen Alexandra Ramsey Yao Shu Santiago Yori Photographers Kazuomori Lewis Blog Editor in
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Faculty Profile: Priya Moorjani

Population genetics highlights shared histories between different groups of humans by identifying ancestral features present in their genomes. Image Design: Johan Jaenisch, Photo Credit: Kazuomori Lewis Priya Moorjani’s work takes her through millions of years of history, captured in samples of DNA from humankind’s past and present. Moorjani was originally trained as a computer engineer,
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Faculty Profile: Naomi Ginsberg

Image Design: Johan Jaenisch, Photo Credit: Roy Kaltschmidt Naomi Ginsberg, professor of chemistry and physics at UC Berkeley, credits her love of learning as the driving force behind her unusual academic journey. In her first year of college, she studied engineering because it was, as she explains it, “technical, but also creative.” However, a summer
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Faculty Profile: Mary K Gaillard

Subatomic particles, like the charmed Sigma particle, are composed of quarks that give them mass. These unstable particles form in highenergy collisions and rapidly decay into lower mass states. Image Design: Johan Jaenisch, Photo Credit: Kazuomori Lewis In 1981, Dr. Mary Gaillard arrived at UC Berkeley as the first female professor in the physics department.
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Faculty Profile: Dipti Nayak

About 80% of methane in our environment comes from methanogenic archaea, often found in anaerobic sediments. Image Design: Johan Jaenisch, Photo Credit: Kazuomori Lewis Biology was never the long-term goal for Dipti Nayak, assistant professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB). Nayak started her graduate career as an environmental engineer where she
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Oozing, Cruising Bacteria

Many organisms, including ourselves, enjoy the benefits of motility. Even bacteria have to be motile to explore their surroundings, look for nutrients, and figure out when they should grow and divide. But often bacteria don’t have any external limbs or appendages they can use to propel them forward, so they have to use a different
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Toolbox: Room to Shrink

Each year, we expect the latest generation of smartphones to offer enhanced speed and performance. These enhancements are primarily made possible by increasing the number of transistors in electronic devices. Transistors are small semiconductor devices that serve as the fundamental physical units of computation in electronics. They consist of channels of silicon implanted with atoms,
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Insect’s Repellent

Several animals—poison frogs, venomous snakes, toxic fish, to name a few— store toxic chemicals to protect themselves from predators. Assistant Professor Rebecca Tarvin’s lab in the Department of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley seeks to understand how toxic animals evolved the ability to sequester toxins for defense and how they defend themselves against these same
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