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Young scientists to meet Nobel laureates

Pablo Zamora, a senior scientist in plant genomics at UC Davis, stands outside the Plant Reproductive Biology greenhouses on campus. Zamora is among the 600 young researchers selected to meet with 35 Nobel laureates in Germany this summer. Gregory Urquiaga/Courtsey photo

Two young scientists from UC Davis have been selected to meet with 35 Nobel laureates — including Steven Chu, Paul Crutzen and Robert Grubbs — to discuss some of the world’s most pressing problems.

Aimee Bryan, a doctoral student in inorganic fundamental chemistry, and Pablo Zamora, a senior scientist in plant genomics, are among about 600 young researchers chosen from more than 20,000 applicants worldwide to participate in the 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in chemistry in Lindau, Germany, from Sunday to Friday, July 5.

“This is an amazing opportunity,” said Bryan, who grew up in Fairfax, Va., and received her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from The Master’s College in Santa Clarita. “I get to meet living history. I get to meet people who have forever changed the field of chemistry because of their hard work, their research and their discoveries.”

Bryan and Zamora, recognized as one of Chile’s 100 young leaders in 2012 by the Chilean newspaper El Mercurio, will attend lectures by
Nobel laureates, participate in roundtable discussions with the laureates and other participants and enjoy informal conversations.

“This is an honor that recognizes the outstanding scholarship at UC Davis,” said Jeffery Gibeling, vice provost for Graduate Education and dean of Graduate Studies. “Aimee and Pablo will have wonderful opportunities to contribute to the meetings and exchange ideas with Nobel Laureates and some of the brightest minds in their generation’s scientific community.”

Bryan, who works in the lab of Philip Power, a distinguished professor of chemistry, examines the magnetic properties of new compounds.

She has support from the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program and was a finalist in the program’s contest for fellows to explain in a video how their research could help shape the future.

Zamora is a Latin American liaison with the Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture at UCD. He works in the lab of plant sciences professor Alan Bennett, where he focuses on the molecular mechanisms involved in the interactions between plants and their environment.

Zamora is interested in exchanging ideas with colleagues in other branches of chemistry and asking what the laureates see ahead.

“I would like to ask how they see the future,” he said. “What is the way they see the world going?”

Zamora was recognized as the most outstanding doctoral student in chemistry and biology at the University of Santiago, Chile, where he earned a doctoral degree in biotechnology and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biochemistry.

— UC Davis News Service

Julia Ann Easley

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