Curriculum Vitae Highlights

The following are select highlights from my Curriculum Vitae.
To see the full version of my CV, please see here: Jacob L. Steenwyk's CV (last updated Feb. 2024)

Current Positions

Since 2023   Howard Hughes Medical Institute Awardee
        Life Sciences Research Foundation

Since 2022   Postdoctoral Scholar, Laboratory of Dr. Nicole King
        Dept. of Molecular & Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Since 2022   Berkeley Science Fellow
        Berkeley Postdoctoral Entrepreneurship Program, University of California, Berkeley


Advisory Positions

2023-Pres.   Advisor, ForensisGroup Inc.
2022-2023   Scientific Advisor, WittGen Biotechnologies, CA
2022-2023   Scientific Consultant, Latch AI Inc., San Francisco, CA


Education

2022   Ph.D. Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
2016   M.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Clark University, Worcester, MA
2015   B.A. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Clark University, Worcester, MA


Select Awards (2021 - present)

2024   Trailblazers of Tomorrow National Postdoctoral Symposium, The University of Texas at Austin
2024   Englund Emerging Scholar Award, Department of Biological Chemistry, John Hopkins Medicine
2023   JXTX + CSHL Genome Informatics Scholarship, Biology of Genomes, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
2023   Howard Hughes Medical Institute Awardee, Life Sciences Research Foundation
2022   Fifty 50 Community Fellow, Fifty Years Industries, LLC
2022   Berkeley Science Fellow, Berkeley Postdoctoral Entrepreneurship Program, University of California, Berkeley
2022   Graduate Student Excellence Award Finalist, Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution
2022   Hanna H. Gray Fellows Finalist, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
2022   Edward Ferguson Jr. Graduate Award, Graduate School, Vanderbilt University
2022   James F. Crow Early Career Researcher Award Finalist, Genetics Society of America
2022   Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
2021   Honorable mention, Next Generation Faculty Symposium, Stanford.Berkeley.UCSF
2021   Presentation award, Canadian Fungal Research Network and Great Lakes Mycology Conference
2021   Graduate Research Excellence Award in Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University
2021   Smriti Bardhan Scholarship, Vanderbilt University
2021   Registration award, Science Talk ‘21


Select Invited Talks (2021 - present)

2024   Department of Computer Science, University of Maryland, MD
2024   Trailblazers of Tomorrow National Postdoctoral Symposium, The University of Texas at Austin, TX
2024   Department of Biological Chemistry, John Hopkins Medicine, MD
2024   32st Fungal Genetics Conference at Asilomar, Pacific Grove, CA
2023   Seminar, Stowers Institute, Kansas City, MO
2023   Innovative Genomics Institute and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley
2023   CanFunNet, Acadia University
2023   Lightening Talk, Southern California Systems Biology Conference, University of Southern California
2023   Departmental Seminar, Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, The Pennsylvania State University
2023   Mycological Society of America Annual Meeting
2022   Biology Department, Loras College
2022   Yeast Genetics Meeting, Genetics Society of America
2022   Hanna H. Gray Fellows Finalists Meeting, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
2022   Molecular mycology meeting, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
2022   Evolution, Am. Soc. of Naturalists, Soc. for the Study of Evo., and the Soc. of Sys. Biologists, Cleveland, OH (declined due to scheduling conflict)
2022   James F. Crow Early Career Researcher Award Finalist, Genetics Society of America
2022   Department of Biological Sciences, George Washington University
2022   31st Fungal Genetics Conference at Asilomar, Pacific Grove, CA
2021   CanFunNet and Great Lakes Mycology Conference
2021   Sandler Fellows Seminar, University of California, San Francisco
2021   Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, Iowa State University
2021   Medical Mycology Trainee Seminar Series, University of Utah (Link)
2021   Mycology Graduate Student Organization, University of Georgia
2021   MicroSeminar, International Society for Microbial Ecology (Link)
2021   Alliance for Diversity in Science and Engineering, Young Researchers Conference
2021   Andrew Murray Lab seminar, Harvard University, Cambridge


Select Service (2021 - present)

2023-Pres.   Founder, Genomely Internship in Genome Sciences Program, Genomely
2023-Pres.   Mentor, Alumni Mentorship Program Early Career Mentorship Program, Genetics Society of America
2023-Pres.   Project Partner, Data Science Discovery Program, University of California, Berkeley
2023-Pres.   Executive Board Member, Berkeley Postdoctoral Entrepreneurship Program, University of California, Berkeley
2023-Pres.   Chair, TAGC Undergraduate Travel Award Subcommittee, Genetics Society of America
2023-Pres.   Representative for Early Career Scientists, Allied Program Committee, The Allied Genetics Conference 2024
2023-Pres.   Chair of Alumni Affairs, The Evolutionary Studies Initiative at Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
2020-Pres.   Founder and Chief Officer, SciArt with Purpose, Shop
2019-2022   Inclusion Coordinator, The Evolutionary Studies Initiative at Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
2019-2022   Graphic Illustrator, The Evolutionary Studies Initiative at Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
2017-2022   Educational outreach booth design and execution, MEGAMicrobe, Nashville, TN
2017-2022   Member, Graduate Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
2017-2022   Judge, Middle Tennessee Science and Engineering Fair, Belmont University, Nashville, TN
2019-2021   Co-chair, Communication and Outreach Subcommittee, Genetics Society of America
2018-2021   Volunteer Deputy, American Society of Microbiology Vanderbilt University Chapter, Nashville, TN
2017-2021   Communications chair, Inclusivity in Biosciences Association, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN


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