After a 30+ year career in plant cell biology and to celebrate Natasha Raikhel’s extensive contribution to the scientific community during the past three decades, IIGB and the Botany & Plant Sciences department hosted a one-day Retirement Symposium in her honor on March 21, 2016 in the Genomics Auditorium.

The day included talks from several former and current lab members, as well as refreshments, lunch and an evening reception. Approximately 120 people attended the symposium from on-campus and from domestic and international institutions.

At the symposium, it was also announced that IIGB/CEPCEB will now annually sponsor a “Natasha Raikhel Early Career Leadership Award” for a deserving postdoc or student who has made significant contributions to the scientific community.