Samantha Lewis honored at Chancellor Christ’s Prytanean Faculty Enrichment Award celebration

February 17, 2024

On January 22, 2024, Chancellor Carol Christ hosted a reception at University House honoring 2023 Prytanean Faculty Enrichment Award recipient Samantha Lewis, Assistant Professor of Cell Biology, Development and Physiology. Lewis received the Prytanean Faculty Enrichment Award and $35,000 grant in recognition of outstanding scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and service to UC Berkeley. Her research focusing on mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and related scientific insights are critical contributions to individual and population health, given the significant role of mitochondrial disease in the prevalence of inherited metabolic disorder and the association of mtDNA integrity with aging, metabolic disease, cancer, and neuromuscular-degeneration. Many Cal faculty and colleagues working within the physical and biological sciences were in attendance at the spirited event among more than 55 guests, including alumni, students, faculty, staff, friends and family members engaging in conversation and fellowship over food and drink.

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Prytanean Alumnae Faculty Enrichment Award recipient Samantha Lewis, Chancellor Carol Christ, and previous Award recipients Diana Bautista, Grace Gu, and Henrike Lange. Photo: Justin Wang