Susan Marqusee named one of the Bay Area's “Most Influential Women in Business”


Susan Marqusee, director of QB3-Berkeley.

The San Francisco Business Times recently published its annual list of “The Bay Area’s Most Influential Women in Business.” Among the women selected for 2011 is Susan Marqusee, PhD, director of QB3 at UC Berkeley.

“While I’m thrilled and honored personally, this recognition really reflects on QB3 as a whole, increasing our visibility not just within academia, but within society and the Bay Area,” said Marqusee, professor of molecular and cell biology and holder of the Warren C. Eveland chair in biology at UC Berkeley. This recognition is a sign that QB3 is succeeding in its mission to bring both science and education into the community, she said.

As noted by the Business Times, Marqusee believes her biggest workplace challenge is the creation of new research and education programs at Berkeley in the face of the current budget crisis. However, her goal for the next five years is to take that challenge head-on.

“My mission is to apply the methods and approaches of physical science to questions in biology, and to quickly bring the answers out of the research environment into different areas of society where they may have an impact,” Marqusee said. “I strive to enable my colleagues to do this work, which they wouldn’t be able to do otherwise without QB3.”

Marqusee and the rest of the women selected for the Business Times list will be celebrated with a gala dinner awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 8, at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, according to the publication. Deloitte and Union Bank are supporting the event along with the San Francisco Business Times.