Pattabiraman among inaugural cohort of UCSF Discovery Fellows
Monday, January 27, 2014
Kartik Pattabiraman, a graduate student in the lab of John L. R. Rubenstein, MD, PhD, has been selected as one of the first UCSF Discovery Fellows. Chosen by a faculty advisory board on the basis of their leadership potential, excellence in research, community-mindedness, and communications skills, the fellowships are designed to recognize and reward students who demonstrate both research excellence and community spirit.
The Discovery Fellows program was made possible by a generous gift in December 2013 from Sir Michael Moritz and his wife, Harriet Heyman. The couple contributed $30 million to the UCSF Graduate Division to ensure the future of PhD education programs in the basic sciences, creating the largest endowed program for PhD students in the history of the 10-campus University of California. UCSF matched the gift with a $25 million endowment and a commitment to raise another $5 million through donations from at least 500 donors.
Earlier this month, all 20 clinical chairs at the UCSF School of Medicine agreed to provide another $1.5 million to help ensure the stability of the university’s basic science program. “They’re really important to what we do, which is why it was easy to give when they asked,” said Psychiatry department chair Matthew W. State, MD, PhD. “It really is, all boats float together in our scientific community.”