Congratulations to Ceazar Nave for receiving the IRACDA@UCLA Fellowship

Congratulations to Ceazar Nave, Ph.D., postdoctoral scholar in the laboratory of Jeff Donlea in the Dept of Neurobiology, for receiving the Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award at UCLA Fellowship.

The IRACDA Program at UCLA supports postdoctoral scholars in the biological sciences who have a demonstrated interest in teaching, research, mentoring, and supporting diversity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. IRACDA combines a traditional mentored postdoctoral research experience with an opportunity to develop academic skills, including teaching, with pedagogical training provided through CEILS workshops and CIRTL courses, as well as faculty mentored teaching assignments at our partner institution, California State University Los Angeles (CSULA). The program is expected to facilitate the progress of postdoctoral candidates toward research and teaching careers in academia. The program is sponsored through Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA), supported by the division of NIGMS at NIH. A major goal of IRACDA is to produce a workforce in STEM with a strong commitment to teaching diverse undergraduates, particularly at institutions that have a history of training students underrepresented in higher education. In addition to motivating the next generation of scientists at our partner institution, another goal of IRACDA is to foster interactions between UCLA and CSULA faculty that can lead to further collaborations in research and teaching.

Open rank, tenured-track/tenured faculty position in the basic sciences at UCLA

The David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM) at UCLA ( announces an open rank, tenured-track/tenured faculty position in the basic sciences  (Biological Chemistry, Computational Medicine, Human Genetics, Microbiology, Immunology, & Molecular Genetics, Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, Neurobiology, and Physiology). Candidates must have a MD (or equivalent) and/or a PhD (or equivalent) in a field relevant to one of the above departments. We seek a motivated individual that will contribute leadership to establishing an inclusive environment that champions justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. The successful candidate must demonstrate a history of commitment to the mentorship of students from underrepresented and underserved populations, as well as an outstanding record of scholarly publications and grant funding. The successful candidate will be expected to continue their active research program and their participation in mentoring activities. Service and teaching expectations will be commensurate with other tenure track faculty positions in the DGSOM. An appointment at the level of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor will be offered as appropriate to the applicant’s academic standing. We highly encourage applications from women, underrepresented minorities, and individuals with a commitment to mentoring diverse groups in the sciences. UCLA offers competitive salaries, research set-up funds, recruitment allowances, as well as a thriving community of scholars committed to mutually supporting one another.

The DGSOM is one of the top medical schools in the US, number two in the nation for NIH funding (Blue Ridge rankings), and affiliated with one of the nation’s pre-eminent health systems. The DGSOM is collocated with the main UCLA campus, in an urban setting. UCLA has been named the number one public university in the nation by US News and World Report for the last four years. It is California’s largest university with a diverse student body of 38,000 undergraduate and graduate students, approximately 25% of whom are members of underrepresented minority groups. UCLA is on track to becoming a federally-designated Hispanic-Serving Institution by 2025. It is known both for its excellence in research and education and is home to a number of UCOP, NIH, NSF, and HHMI funded training programs focused on increasing success for underrepresented students in science, medical, and allied health fields. DGSOM partners with the rest of the campus in supporting innovative programs that foster the success of its diverse community of undergraduate, medical and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty. These programs include the UC-HBCU (University of California- Historically Black Colleges and Universities), BRI-SURE (Brain Research Institute- Summer Undergraduate Research Experience), MARC (Maximizing Access to Research Careers), and U-STAR (Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research) programs.

Application packages should be submitted online through, searching for the position under JPF06800 (, and include the following documents: 1) a curriculum vita; 2) a research statement; 3) a statement of contributions to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion with particular attention to formal and informal mentoring activities and detailed plans for continuing these activities in the future; 4) a cover letter, and 5) three letters of reference. Review of applications will begin on 1st October, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Any inquiries about the position and nominations of potential candidates should be sent to the search committee chair: Professor Samantha Butler (

Cultural North Star: The shared values of the DGSOM are expressed in the Cultural North Star, which was developed by members of our community and affirms our unswerving commitment to doing what’s right, making things better, and being kind. These are the standards to which we hold ourselves, and one another. Please read more about this important DGSOM program at

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Dong Lab spotlighted by NIH Director

Professor Hong-wei Dong and lab collaborators’ work was spotlighted in Dr. Francis Collins’ August 3rd Director’s Blog.  The Dong Lab is busy cataloging cell types and helping to assemble a wiring diagram of the connectivity in the mammalian brain, under the NIH BRAIN Initiative.  Read what Dr. Collins had to say at: