The Department of Bioengineering is proud to announce that Atena Zahedi, a graduate of the BIG Ph.D. program, has been selected as a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr. Zahedi will perform her research at UC Irvine with Professor Aileen Anderson.

Dr. Zahedi completed her Ph.D. in 2018. Her thesis work was advised by Dr. Prue Talbot, Professor of Cell Biology and a BIG cooperating faculty member. While at UCR, Dr. Zahedi was an NSF IGERT fellow. 

The UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California. Besides funding postdoctoral research, the program will support the salary of the fellow if they are hired as a faculty member in the University of California system. Since 2003, over 100 former fellows have received faculty appointments at UC campuses. For more information on the UCPPF, please visit the program website.