Susan Hepp

2014 Hellman Graduate Awardee

UC Berkeley

Susan Hepp researches how viruses manipulate cell structures and processes to efficiently replicate. She says that she decided to come to UC Berkeley because of its reputation for advancement in education, research and social change. “Berkeley has not only provided the necessary mentorship and training to grow technically in my field, it has taught me that being a scientist comes with a social responsibility to have an active voice in policy making and education,” Hepp explains.

She adds that the Hellman Graduate Award has given her the opportunity to take advantage of all that UC Berkeley has to offer. “The Hellman Fellowship has given me the flexibility to take on new projects in the lab, form collaborations with new colleagues, and receive training that will be imperative for a future research-based career in microbiology.”