Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Jamie H. D. Cate has found a way to increase the production of fuels and other chemicals from biomass fermented by yeast. Working through the Energy Biosciences Institute, Cate and a team of collaborators identified metabolic pathways in the fungus Neurospora crassa that are used to digest xylose, one of the most abundant sugars in hemicellulose.
Dr. Corey Goodman, former MCB Professor of Neurobiology, will be returning to UC Berkeley as an Adjunct Professor of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute (HWNI). He will also be the speaker for the 2015 MCB Graduate Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 22.
The Cell & Developmental Biology Division will be holding their annual spring symposium on "Autophagy in cellular homeostasis, development, and disease" on Saturday, March 21, 2015.
Doudna's research group unlocks the key to how bacteria "steal" genetic information from viruses and other foreign invaders for use in their own immunological memory system. The paper in Nature is titled “Integrase-mediated spacer acquisition during CRISPR–Cas adaptive immunity.” The lead author is James Nuñez, a member of Doudna’s UC Berkeley research group.