Assistant Professor Amy Pickering received the prestigious NSF CAREER Award for her cutting-edge research exploring targeted long-read DNA sequencing to develop a culture-independent metagenomics platform for global monitoring of antibiotic resistance (AR) that takes away the need for costly equipment or access to high-performance computing resources.
Pickering's research will help benefit society by laying the foundation for more efficient and cost-effective environmental surveillance platforms to monitor the global spread of antibiotic resistance in communities where it is often most needed. Further benefits to society include student education and training of graduate and undergraduate students at UC Berkeley.
The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award is the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award supporting early-career faculty members with the potential to serve as academic role models in research and lead educational advancements in the mission of their respective departments or organization. The award is presented annually, including a federal grant for research and educational activities for five years.