Abby Dernburg is an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley and a Senior Scientist in the Life Sciences Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Dernburg has studied different aspects of chromosome biology for many years, beginning with her PhD studies in the lab of John Sedat at the University of California, San Francisco. Dernburg moved to Anne Villeneuve’s lab at Stanford University for post-doctoral training. There she combined genetic studies and microscopy to begin her investigations of meiosis in C. elegans. Since establishing her own lab at Berkeley, Dernburg has continued to unravel the complex process of chromosome pairing during meiosis in C. elegans.
Dernburg has received numerous awards for her work including the Edward Novitski Award from the Genetics Society of America, an Early Career Life Scientist Award from the American Society of Cell Biology and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.