Martha Cyert

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Martha S. Cyert
Professor, Department of Biology
Senior Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
Clayman Institute Faculty Voice and Influence Fellow, 2012-2013

Dr. Martha Cyert received her Ph.D. from the University of California at San Francisco, did postdoctoral work at UC Berkeley, and joined the Stanford Faculty in 1992. Research in Dr. Cyert’s lab uses the yeast, S. cerevisiae, to study Ca2+-dependent signal transduction mediated by calcineurin, the highly conserved Ca2+/calmodulin-regulated protein phosphatase that plays critical roles in muscle, immune and neural cells. Dr. Cyert was the first to identify and characterize calcineurin in yeast, and studies from her laboratory have shed light on how this enzyme interacts with other proteins to regulate their function. Professor Cyert is a recipient of the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching; and she has developed an innovative inquiry-based laboratory course for undergraduates which utilizes S.cerevisiae. In October, 2010, she was appointed the Senior Associate Vice Provost in Undergraduate Education, and in that job worked to establish the Leland Scholars Program, offered to incoming Stanford freshmen to help their transition to college level work in the sciences. Since 2010 Dr. Cyert has taught in annual 2-week Cell Biology workshops in Tanzania and Ghana sponsored by the American Society for Cell Biology.