As of July 1, Michael Werner will hold the post of Research Assistant Professor. Michael received his PhD for work at the IMP in Vienna and at the University of Chicago with Michael Glotzer. Dr Werner then did post-doctoral work first with Robert Bacallao at the IUPUI in Indianapolis, and later with Brian Mitchell at Northwestern University. Michael came to UNC early in 2015 and has worked on cytokinetic shape changes, the structure and regulation of the C. elegans germline syncytium, and the “interactome” of conserved structural proteins. He has become expert at data analysis in Excel and image analysis in Matlab and other programs. He has trained several undergraduate researchers and rotation students, and mentors many colleagues in the Maddox labs and our wider cell and developmental biology community at UNC. Michael has also taught Cell Biology and guest lectured on thesis writing and oral presentations. The Research Assistant Professor position is therefore befitting of his depth of expertise and many meaningful leadership roles.