Michael W. Berns, PhD

Title: Professor
Company: University of California Irvine
Location: Irvine, California, United States

Michael W. Berns, PhD, Professor at University of California Irvine, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in biology education.

With more than 50 years of experience to his credit, Dr. Berns has excelled as a professor of developmental and cell biology and the department chairman at the University of California Irvine since 1975. He previously served at the University of Michigan as an assistant professor of zoology from 1970 to 1972 and an associate professor of developmental and cell biology from 1972 to 1975. He began his career as the associate director of laser biology at the Pasadena Foundation Medical Research from 1969 to 1970. Prior to embarking on his professional path, Dr. Berns pursued an education at Cornell University, from which he earned a Bachelor of Science in 1964, a Master of Science in 1966 and a Doctor of Philosophy in biology in 1968.

The former co-principal investigator for laser microbeam studies on mitosis through the National Science Foundation from 1973 to 1975, Dr. Berns has also found success with his written works, having penned more than 500 published articles, including three for The Scientific American, as well as six books, with the most recent having been “The Tinderbox Plot” for Vanguard Press in 2021. In light of his exceptional undertakings, he has been presented with a multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health, the International Union Against Cancer Award, the 2022 Gold Medal from the International Society of Optics and Photonics, a Medal from the University of California Irvine and the William B. Mark Award from the American Society for Lasers in Medical Sciences. Recognized as a fellow of myriad organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the International Society for Optics and Photonics, the American Institute of Biomedical Engineering and the Royal Society of Medicine, he was eponymously honored by the Vascular Birthmark Foundation for their most prestigious research award, the Dr. Michael W. Berns Achievement Award. Attributing his success to his determination and the influence of his mentors, Dr. Berns hopes to continue writing and publishing more novels in the coming years.

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