UCLA Biologist Tracy L. Johnson Named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, Maryland, has announced the appointment of 15 scientists as HHMI Professors. Each academic will receive $1 million over five years to create activities that integrate their research with student learning. The goal is to enhance undergraduate students’ understanding of science.

Of the 15 new HHMI Professors, only one appears to be an African American.

Tracy L. Johnson is a professor of biology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She previously served on the faculty at the University of California, San Diego. Her research is focused on how cells synthesize, splice, and process RNA to regulate gene expression.

Dr. Johnson is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego and holds a Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley. After earning her Ph.D., she served as a Jane Coffin Childs postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology.

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