About Us

iBiology’s mission is to convey, in the form of open-access free videos, the excitement of modern biology and the process by which scientific discoveries are made. Our aim is to let you meet the leading scientists in biology, so that you can find out how they think about scientific questions and conduct their research, and can get a sense of their personalities, opinions, and perspectives. We also seek to support educators who want to incorporate materials that illustrate the process and practice of science into their curriculum. This project is made possible by the good will of many biologists who are committed to making their work broadly accessible and to conveying the excitement of biology to a worldwide audience.

iBiology.org (formerly ibioseminars.org and ibiomagazine.org) was developed to bring the best biology to people throughout the world for free. Started in 2006 by University of California – San Francisco and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, Professor Ron Vale, iBiology has grown to include over 300 seminars and short talks by the world’s leading scientists. Our collection includes talks by many Nobel Laureates and members of the United States National Academy of Sciences. In 2013, we released our first full-length course in Light Microscopy and expanded the educational resources we offer. iBiology is funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and supported by the American Society for Cell Biology and the University of California, San Francisco.

The iBiology Team

Ron Vale (Founder and PI): Dr. Vale is Professor and Vice Chair of the Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology Department at the University of California, San Francisco and an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Vale works closely with the iBiology team to ensure we continue to bring the best biology to you!

Sarah Goodwin (Director): Dr. Goodwin leads the iBiology team and helps develop all aspects of iBiology including video production, educational programs, and new initiatives. Dr. Goodwin received her Ph.D. in Cell Biology from the University of California, San Francisco in 2011.

Shannon Behrman (Associate Director): Dr. Behrman produces videos for the iBioMagazine series, writes and edits iBiology content, and supports the iBiology team through various activities. Previously, she was at the National Cancer Institute working in science communications. Dr. Behrman holds a Ph.D. in Cell Biology from the University of California, San Francisco.

Karen Dell (Editor): Dr. Dell was formerly the reviews editor at the Journal of Cell Biology and is now responsible for pre- and post-recording editing of the talks. She also contributes to international and educational outreach.

Yolanda O’Bannon (Web Producer): Ms. O’Bannon combines technical and design skills to develop the iBiology web presence, and produces our site-redesigns and launches.

Lobsang Wangdu (Web Designer/Developer): Mr. Wangdu (www.yowangdu.com) designs, codes and oversees our websites, as well as handling graphic design and production.

Eric Kornblum (Videographer): Mr. Kornblum manages our video production, both taping speakers in our specially-equipped green-screen studio, and serving as digital editor on all our videos.

ASCB Staff: This amazing, high energy, and all-around wonderful group of people help us with the financial, administrative, and dissemination aspects of the project.

Michael Tran (Programmer): Mr. Tran provides custom code and back-end support, to keep iBiology dynamic and interactive.

Chris Vargas (Videographer at HHMI): Mr. Vargas is invaluable for helping us film and produce videos at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s headquarters in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Rich Kucera (Sr Web Apps Developer and SysAdmin at HHMI): Mr. Kucera keeps our servers happy and does all of our back-end heavy lifting.

Isaac Conway-Stenzel (Videographer): Mr. Conway-Stenzel, with the Educational Technology Services at the University of California, San Francisco, helped make our studio what it is today and continues to advise on the project.

HHMI UCSF

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