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Promising young scholars chosen to represent UC at Nobel conference in Germany

The University of California announced today (June 1) that 28 exceptional young scientists from its campuses and affiliated national laboratories have been selected for the fourth class of UC President’s Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings Fellows and the opportunity to join Nobel laureates from around the world at the 2023 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany.

“These fellows are among the best and brightest of the University’s young ambassadors to the scientific world,” said UC President Michael V. Drake, M.D. “We are proud of their accomplishments and look forward to supporting them as they grow in their careers. Participating in the Lindau meetings will set them up for future success.”

The fellows program, now in its fourth year, is funded by UC Investments and UC’s National Laboratories to allow a select group of UC doctoral and postdoctoral students to attend the annual event. The one-of-a-kind scholarly summit, now in its 72nd year, will be held June 25–June 30, 2023, this year with a focus on physiology and medicine.

Since 1953, more than 35,000 students, Ph.D. candidates and postdocs have taken part in the highly competitive program. With this year, the UC President’s Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings Fellows now number 80 from the 10 UC campuses and 23 from the UC-affiliated national laboratories. Because the Lindau meetings were conducted virtually for two years of the coronavirus pandemic, several UC fellows who were unable to attend in person during that time will now join this year’s class in Lindau. 

“This five-day meeting of the minds can be truly life-changing for UC’s brilliant young scientists,” said UC Chief Investment Officer Jagdeep Singh Bachher, who conceived of the fellowships. “In addition to the beautiful backdrop of the island of Lindau, the chance to engage with and learn from their elders who have been awarded a Nobel Prize makes this event truly extraordinary. And the relationships sparked among the hundreds of young peers broadens scientific, and friendship, networks around the world.”

“We are honored to again sponsor a remarkable group of young researchers from our national laboratories to participate in this unique event,” said Craig Leasure, vice president for National Laboratories. “The fellows have already accomplished great things and I’m sure Lindau will inspire them to achieve even more for UC and the world.”

The diverse group of UC fellows were nominated by UC faculty and chosen after submitting an essay, letters of recommendation, an evaluation of their research accomplishments, and approval by the Lindau meetings organization in Germany. A UC work group that included a Nobel Prize laureate narrowed down the candidates, who were then approved by Drake, Bachher and Leasure.

This year’s fellows from UC campuses for the physiology/medicine meetings are:

Gregory Poore                         UC San Diego

Jacob Schimelman                   UC San Diego

Sean Harvey                            UC San Diego

Julia Gensheimer                     UCLA

Mirian De Siqueira                  UCLA

Aileen Nava                            UCLA

Rachel Sousa                          UC Irvine

Frederick Arnold                    UC Irvine

Hersh Bhargava                      UC San Francisco

Alexander Merriman               UC San Francisco

Allison Chau                           UC Santa Barbara

Julia Chung                             UC Santa Barbara

Elizabeth Rizor                       UC Santa Barbara

Akanksha Thawani                 UC Berkeley

Nithya Sivakumar                   UC Davis

Regina Agulto                         UC Davis

Raman Goyal                          UC Davis

Elena Kozlova                        UC Riverside

Zoe Figueroa                           UC Riverside

Christi Turner                          UC Merced

Those selected from the National Laboratories include:

Wonjin Choi                           Lawrence Livermore National Lab

Sean Leonard                          Lawrence Livermore National Lab

Sijia Huang                             Lawrence Livermore National Lab

Sarah Sandholtz                      Lawrence Livermore National Lab

Zachary Sasiene                      Los Alamos National Lab

Joshua Woods                         Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Alexia Crosby                         Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Michael Kosicki                      Lawrence Berkeley National Lab


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