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Polina Lishko receives MacArthur “genius” award

By October 14, 2020No Comments
According to MacArthur Award winner Polina Lishko, nearly 40% of women stop using birth control pills within a year, underscoring the importance of developing non-hormonal contraceptives. (UC Berkeley photo by Mark Joseph Hanson)

Polina Lishko (UC Berkeley photo by Mark Joseph Hanson)

The Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute (HWNI) would like to congratulate UC Berkeley associate professor of cell and developmental biology Polina Lishko for being selected as a 2020 MacArthur Fellow. The award recognizes her pioneering work in reproductive physiology and the development of new forms of contraception. Lishko also studies neurodegeneration, and was recently awarded a grant from the Pew Innovation Fund for a collaborative project with HWNI member Ke Xu to investigate the role of steroid hormones in Alzheimer’s disease.

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