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Dr. Oegema received her B.S. degree in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1989 and her Ph.D. degree in cell biology with Bruce Alberts in 1996 from the University of California, San Francisco. She worked with Drs. Tim Mitchison and Yixian Zheng for a year at Harvard Medical School and the Carnegie Institute of Washington in Baltimore before beginning her postdoctoral work in 1998 with Dr. Anthony Hyman at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany, and then at the MPI-CBG in Dresden, Germany. She joined the faculty of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) at the end of 2002 and was promoted to Professor at UCSD and became a Full Member of the Ludwig Institute in 2010. Dr. Oegema has trained 5 students and 13 postdoctoral fellows with 5 additional postdoctoral fellows and 1 student currently in her group. Of the 18 students and postdoctoral fellows that have left her laboratory, 11 have positions as assistant/associate professors at institutions including Columbia, Yale, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Max Perutz Laboratories in Vienna, the IBMC at the University of Porto, Pomona College and Butler University. Dr. Oegema was selected as a Pew Scholar in 2003 and received the Women in Cell Biology Junior and Midcareer Awards from the ASCB in 2006 and 2017. She was also elected as an ASCB fellow in 2017. She has been a member of the editorial board at the Journal of Cell Biology since 2007.