The UCLA College’s Division of Life Sciences has announced the recipients of its 2018–2019 Life Sciences Excellence Awards. These awards recognize faculty members for their contributions to UCLA, including accomplishments in research, the promotion of diversity and inclusion and their contributions to educational innovation. This year’s recipients include David Glanzman, Hilary Coller, Elaine Hsiao, Nathan Kraft, Stephanie White, Shane Campbell-Staton and Rachel Kennison.
David Glanzman is a professor of integrative biology and physiology. His research interests include the biology of learning and memory. He has previously served as a guest on numerous publications, and he is also a member of the Brain Research Institute at UCLA.
Hilary Coller, an associate professor of molecular cell and developmental biology, focuses her research on understanding the basis of quiescent cells and translating these findings to better understand the changes that occur during tumor dormancy. She is a past recipient of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society New Idea Award.
Elaine Hsiao is an assistant professor of integrative biology and physiology. She concentrates her research on microbial communities that can be implicated in a variety of neurological disorders, including autism, depression and Parkinson's disease.
Nathan Kraft, an associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, studies the processes that generate and maintain diversity in the identity, characteristics and the abundance of organisms that occur together in nature. He is interested in understanding how species currently coexist and using this knowledge to predict how they will respond to global change.
Stephanie White is a professor of integrative biology and physiology. Her research focuses on the social influences that impact learning and memory. This research focuses on vocal learning, a trait limited to very few species.
Shane Campbell-Staton, an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, studies how climate shapes demographic history and adaptation over different time periods. The goal of his research is to understand how different phenotypes respond to climate change.
Rachel Kennison is the associate director of the Center for Education Innovation and Learning in the Sciences. She is an advocate for retention and persistence of particularly underrepresented groups in STEM education, and she is also active in the development of initiatives to improve undergraduate STEM education.