LSRF alumni elected to National Academy of Sciences

1990 LSRF alumnus Dr. Joy Bergelson and 1995 LSRF alumnus Dr. Yang Dan are two of 84 new members elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Members are elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Dr. Bergelson is the James D. Watson Professor and Chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago. Bergelson’s work focuses on the plant Arabidopsis thaliana and the community of bacteria that inhabit it, with particular interest in understanding how the ecology of these interactions shapes evolutionary change..

Dr. Dan is an HHMI Investigator and Professor of Neuroscience in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California - Berkeley. Her work aims to elucidate (1) what circuits in the mammalian brain control sleep, and (2) mechanisms by which the frontal cortex exerts top-down executive control.

The Life Sciences Research Foundation was founded in 1981 by Dr. Donald D. Brown who believes that seminal advances in life sciences depend upon the training and support of the highest quality young scientists when they are embarking on exciting and adventuresome research as postdoctoral fellows. The foundation seeks to identify and fund exceptional young scientists at a critical juncture of their training in all areas of basic life sciences.