The Department is pleased to welcome Orkun Akin, Ph.D. as an Assistant Professor of Neurobiology effecitve July 2018. Dr. Akin received his B.S. in biology from the California Institute of Technology in 2001. He received his Ph.D. from UC San Francisco in 2008 in biochemistry. From 2009-present, he has served as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biological Chemistry at UCLA. Dr. Akin is a promising young faculty whose interests focus on the biology of cell motility, which is essential for cancer metastasis. He is a former HHMI postdoctoral scholar and was the recipient of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Fellowship.