Professor Koshland is the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Chair in the Biological Sciences and professor of genetics, genomics, and development at the University of California, Berkeley.  His laboratory uses cell biological and biochemical approaches in budding yeast to understand genome integrity, genome evolution, and desiccation tolerance.  The maintenance of genome integrity during cell division impacts cell viability, speciation, birth defects, and human disease.  Similarly, desiccation tolerance, the ability of cells to survive extreme changes in available water, influences cell survival, crop productivity, and wound recovery.  Previously, Douglas Koshland was a staff scientist and then senior staff scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science’s Department of Embryology from 1987 to 2010.  During that time, he was also an adjunct professor in the Department of Biology at the Johns Hopkins University and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator from 1997 to 2012.