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Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research

Research Medal Award Winner

Mark Q. Martindale, headshot

Mark Q. Martindale
Pacific Biomedical Research Center

Mark Q. Martindale is an associate professor with the Pacific Biomedical Research Center. Martindale is one of the founders of the school of evolutionary developmental biology. He is renowned for his technically challenging cell-lineage studies.

Martindale’s papers have appeared in Science and Nature. His research focuses on the major problems of animal body plan evolution, and his lab played a major role in changing the perceptions of the relationship of bilaterians to other animals. One of Martindale’s most important contributions has been to demonstrate that cnidarians, which are radially symmetrical, are much closer to bilaterians than previously believed.

The Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research is awarded by the Board of Regents in recognition of scholarly contributions that expand the boundaries of knowledge and enrich the lives of students and the community. The board also awards the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching.

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Current awardees and links to archives.


Milton Garces, headshot
Milton Garces
Geophysics and planetology
Albert Kim, headshot
Albert Kim
Civil and environmental engineering
Tobias Owen, headshot
Tobias Owen


Bruce Chorpita, headshot
Bruce Chorpita
Ho-min Sohn, headshot
Ho-min Sohn
Korean language
Paul Lucey, headshot
Paul Lucey
Geophysics and planetology


Alexander Krot, headshot
Alexander Krot
Geophysics and planetology
John L. Tonry, headshot
John L. Tonry


Andrew Harris, headshot
Andrew Harris
Laurence N. Kolonel, headshot
Laurence N. Kolonel
Cancer epidemiology
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James B. Nation


Margaret McFall-Ngai, headshot
Margaret McFall-Ngai
Marine organisms
Stephen Olsen, headshot
Stephen Olsen
High energy physics
 Edward Ruby, headshot
Edward Ruby
Marine organisms