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2014 Presidential Mentoring Award goes to Jonathan Silberg

Silberg Mentoring

Each year Rice honors members of the Rice community who have served the students through outstanding teaching, dedication and service. 

The 2014 Presidential Mentoring Award goes to Jonathan Silberg, associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology.The award is given to Rice faculty members who demonstrate a strong commitment to mentoring graduate or undergraduate students.

The Rice University professor known to all as “Joff” was also awarded the National Science Foundation's (NSF) CAREER Award in 2012, a prestigious grant given to young academics expected to become leaders in their respective fields.

Silberg won a small measure of fame a few years ago when his students designed BioBeer, a genetically engineered brew whose proteins synthesize resveratrol, a disease-fighting compound found in red wine and other foods. The students won a gold medal in the International Genetically Engineered Machine synthetic biology competition in 2008, and their entry brought them national and international media attention.