The Beyond Academia team is comprised entirely of graduate students and post-docs at UC Berkeley. They volunteer their efforts and time outside of doing research, writing articles, teaching classes, and mentoring students.
Erica Lee is at work on a dissertation that examines infrastructure and social services in early twentieth-century Californian and Mexican cities. She is a PhD Candidate in the UC Berkeley Department of History. While at Berkeley she co-founded the Urban History Working Group, worked at the Social Science Matrix, and conducted research on urban infrastructure, public welfare, and immigration in cities including San Francisco, Manila, Chicago, San Diego, and Tijuana. Before beginning her doctoral program she studied Rhetoric at UC Berkeley and Architecture at The Cooper Union.
Rose is a 5th year Ph.D. student in Plant and Microbial Biology, UC Berkeley, where she uses DNA sequencing to study a group of microbes that degrade water contaminants from gold mining. This work is a collaboration with researchers at the University of Cape Town, for which Rose was awarded an NSF-GROW/USAID fellowship. More broadly, Rose is interested in biotechnology and community partnerships for environmental safety and sustainability in the US and the developing world. When not in the lab, she serves as peer advisor in her department and enjoys hiking and dancing.
Jessica is a third year Ph.D. candidate in Vision Science exploring the immunomodulatory role of bioactive lipid mediators on adaptive immunity. Prior to returning to graduate school, Jessica researched gene therapy for muscular dystrophy at the University of Washington and cancer immunotherapy at a biotech company. To diversify her activities at UC Berkeley, Jessica was on the organizing committee for the student leadership award-winning Bay Area Vision Research Day conference and participated in the SMART mentorship program. When not busy pipetting, Jessica can be spotted trying new restaurants, hiking, and at music shows.
Monatrice is a 4th year PhD candidate in the Chemistry department studying cellular signal transduction using biophysical principles. Her research focuses on the membrane protein Ras which is highly mutated in various cancers. She is interested in the statistical patterns of Ras activation, and how this translates to normal versus aberrant cellular behavior. Monatrice enjoys traveling around the world, creating new recipes and exercising. She is interested in consulting opportunities and recently served as a volunteer consultant on a point of care diagnostics project. https://https://https://www.linkedin.com/in/monatrice
Maria is a 1st year postdoc in the department of Integrative Bioimaging (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley). She has been studying all kinds of biological structures ranging from single membrane proteins to mitochondrial networks for the last 6 years using biophysical imaging techniques. She has always been intrigued by the interplay between structure and function of biological systems. Before moving to Berkeley, she did her PhD in the department of Structural Biology at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics, Frankfurt, Germany. Maria very much enjoys being creative – whether by creating bespoke stationery products in her design studio or by helping to find new strategies for medical device companies when working on voluntary consulting projects. In future, she would like to learn more about how business and science can work together to bring innovation to our everyday life.
Holly is a 4th year doctoral student in Chemistry where she studies ultrafast processes in water that lead to DNA damage. Outside of the lab, Holly also serves as the Art Director of the Berkeley Science Review, a graduate student run publication. Her professional interests include science communication and policy.
Daniel is 2nd year postdoc at the Energy Bioscience Institute visiting from the Department of Law, Aarhus University, Denmark. He is specialized in business law and sustainability issues. Daniel is a co-founder of the CSR Legal Research Network and an active participant and organiser at the UC Berkeley PhD Consulting Club. His postdoctoral research project is investigating the business and trade law aspects of the renewable energy policies of California and of the EU.
I am developing technologies to control atmospheric plasma devices for wound healing and cancer treatment.
Katharina is a second year graduate student in Vision Science at UC Berkeley where she focuses on using imaging techniques to visualize photoreceptors in vivo. In addition to research, she is passionate about public speaking and is a mentor as well as Logistics Manager for Toastmasters International. She also serves as a Resident Assistant where she does international community building and program planning and implementation.
Arne is a graduate careers advisor at Stanford University. He was formerly a Postdoctoral Fellow working in the Molecular and Cell Biology department, where he studied the adaptive immune system. He received his PhD at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam. After obtaining his PhD and before moving to California to pursue his research goals, Arne worked as the Director of the Discovery Festival, a Dutch science festival combining live experiments, art, and new music into a progressive nighttime event.