Professor, Department of Cell and Tissue Biology
Vice-Chair, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
University of California, San Francisco
Genentech Hall, Suite S372E
600 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94143-2200
I was a postdoc and Scientist with Dick Burgess in McArdle until 1981 and then a faculty member at UW-Madison Dept. of Bacteriology. I am Professor at UCSF and am very active in the graduate programs, especially teaching and mentoring students. For most of my career, I used molecular approaches to study transcriptional regulation and stress responses in the bacterium E. coli. Recently the laboratory has switched to functional genomics, where we are developing high throughput phenotyping approaches to rapidly discover gene function and cellular networks. It is very exciting, both because we are learning so many new things, and also because we are creating resources to advance research across the bacterial community. My other passion is increasing diversity in STEM. I spearhead efforts at UCSF to increase enrollment of graduate students from underrepresented groups, and to develop programs to make UCSF welcoming for all. We are making progress but it is slow. I am honored to have received the AAAS mentorship award, the NAS Selman Waksman Award for achievement in Microbiology and to have served on the Council of the NAS, where I became aware of the wonderful work of IANAS. My two children, Miriam and Steve and my other families--biological and chosen, enrich my life.