Faculty

The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) at the University of California at Berkeley offers outstanding opportunities for scientific training in a highly interactive environment that enables doctoral students to pursue any of a wide range of modern fields of biological research. The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology is organized into five divisions and includes over 90 faculty.

The divisional organization offers the advantages of mid-sized, thematically focused, scientific groupings within the larger, more diverse academic environment in molecular and cell biology. The common purpose of the divisions is to foster and maintain a closely knit, stimulating and active community for study. The department is also part of a much more extensive biological sciences community at Berkeley. Often, faculty maintain affiliations with multiple divisions, as well as other graduate programs and institutes at Berkeley. These affiliations are included in the table below. Clicking on a faculty member's name will take you to their lab website.

BBS - Biochemistry, Biophysics & Structural Biology CDB - Cell & Developmental Biology GGD - Genetics, Genomics & Developmental IMM - Immunology & Pathogenesis NEU - Neurobiology

 

Name Title Divisions  Roles Keywords
Hillel AdesnikAssistant Professor of NeurobiologyNEUDynamics of neural circuits underlying information processing in the cerebral cortex.
Georjana BarnesProfessor of Genetics, Genomics and DevelopmentGSI AdvisorMicrotubule cytoskeleton and cell cycle controls
Greg BartonClass of ’36 Endowed Chair and Professor of Immunology and PathogenesisDivision HeadInnate immune system
Helen BateupAssistant Professor of NeurobiologyNEUMolecular mechanisms of synapse and circuit plasticity
Diana BautistaAssociate Professor of Cell and Developmental BiologyCDBMolecular mechanisms of transduction in touch and pain receptors
Robert BeattyLecturer of ImmunologyGSI AdvisorInfectious disease immunology
Carolyn R. BertozziHoward Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural BiologyMolecular basis of cell surface interactions
David BilderProfessor of Cell and Developmental BiologyCDBYear 2 AdvisorGenetics of cell and tissue architecture
Michael BotchanInterim Dean of Biological Sciences Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural BiologyDeanEukaryote DNA replication and control of S phase
Gloria BrarAssistant Professor of Cell and Developmental BiologyCDBRegulation of meiotic translation, the roles of pervasive short translation products, and the co-option of stress responses for cellular differentiation through meiosis
Steven E. BrennerProfessor (Affiliated) of Genetics, Genomics and DevelopmentComputational Genomics
Stephen BrohawnAssistant Professor of NeurobiologyNEUMolecular basis of sensory transduction and cellular electrical signaling
Carlos BustamanteHoward Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Raymond and Beverly Sackler Chair and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural BiologyStructural characterization of nucleo-protein assemblies
Jamie H. D. CateProfessor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural BiologyMolecular Basis for Protein Synthesis by the Ribosome
Christopher ChangHoward Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural BiologyDiscovery and study of new metal and redox signals in neuroscience and metabolism enabled by molecular imaging and proteomics
Michelle ChangAssociate Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural BiologyEnzyme catalysis and metabolic engineering
Kathleen CollinsWalter and Ruth Schubert Family Chair, Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural BiologyGSI AdvisorTelomerase, non-coding RNAs, RNA silencing
Jacob CornAssistant Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural BiologyYear 2 AdvisorGenome editing and regulation for molecular mechanism and human health
Laurent CoscoyAssociate Professor of Immunology and PathogenesisYear 1 AdvisorMolecular mechanisms of immune evasion in viral infection
Jeffery CoxC.H. Li Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Endocrinology, Professor of Immunology and PathogenesisMolecular mechanisms of pathogenesis and immune evasion in mycobacteria
Yang DanHoward Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Professor of NeurobiologyNEUYear 1/2 AdvisorInformation processed by neuronal circuits
Xavier DarzacqAssistant Professor of Genetics, Genomics and DevelopmentYear 2 AdvisorTranscription regulation during cellular differentiation
Karen DaviesAssistant Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural BiologyStructural biogenesis of mitochondria and carbon concentrating mechanisms
Abby DernburgHoward Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Professor of Cell and Developmental BiologyCDBChromosome organization and dynamics during meiosis
Andrew DillinHoward Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Thomas and Stacey Siebel Distinguished Chair in Stem Cell Biology and Professor of Genetics, Genomics and DevelopmentMy laboratory works on the genetic and molecular mechanisms that regulate aging and aging-related disease.
Jennifer A. DoudnaHoward Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Li Ka Shing Chancellor's Chair in Biomedical and Health Sciences and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural BiologyRNA-mediated gene regulation
David G. DrubinDepartment Co-Chair and Ernette Comby Chair in Microbiology Professor of Cell and Developmental BiologyCDBCo-ChairActin and microtubule cytoskeletons in yeast and mammalian cells
Peter DuesbergProfessor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural BiologyThe cancer karyotype: What it is and what it does
Michel DupagePending Appointment in Immunology and Pathogenesis
Michael B. EisenHoward Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Professor of Genetics, Genomics and DevelopmentGenomics/Bioinformatics
Daniel FeldmanProfessor of NeurobiologyNEUSensory processing and plasticity in cerebral cortex
Marla FellerProfessor of NeurobiologyNEUDivision HeadThe development and function of retinal circuits
Gary FirestoneProfessor of Cell and Developmental BiologyCDBMolecular endocrinology; tumor biology
John G. FlanneryProfessor of NeurobiologyNEUMolecular mechanisms underlying diseases of the retina
Daniel A. FletcherProfessor (Affiliated) of Cell and Developmental BiologyCDBMechanics and dynamics of cell movements on the purified protein, single cell, and tissue levels
Hernan G. GarciaAssistant Professor of Genetics, Genomics and DevelopmentEquity AdvisorPhysical biology. Transcriptional regulation. Development of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster
Gian GarrigaProfessor of Genetics, Genomics and DevelopmentEquity AdvisorDevelopmental neurobiology; molecular genetics
Britt GlaunsingerHoward Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural BiologyY2 Chem Bio AdvisorVirology; messenger RNA processing and degradation
Ming HammondAssistant Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural BiologyChemical Biology, Molecular Biology, Organic Chemistry, and Bioinformatics
Iswar HariharanProfessor of Cell and Developmental BiologyCDBGAC MemberMechanisms of control of growth and cell proliferation. Regulation of regenerative growth.
Richard HarlandSenior Associate Dean of Biological Sciences, C.H. Li Distinguished Professor of Genetics, Genomics and DevelopmentExec. DeanMolecular biology of development
Lin HeAssociate Professor of Cell and Developmental BiologyCDBmicroRNA functions in cancer development, mouse tumor models
Rebecca HealdFlora Lamson Hewlett Chair and Professor of Cell and Developmental BiologyCDBDivision HeadMitotic spindle assembly and function in Xenopus laevis
Dirk HockemeyerAssistant Professor of Cell and Developmental BiologyCDBTelomere biology of human stem cells
James HurleyJudy C. Webb Chair and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural BiologyGAC MemberStructural membrane biology
Nicholas IngoliaAssistant Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural BiologyYear 1 AdvisorMolecular basis and physiological roles of the Translational control of gene expression through global and genome-wide analyses
Ehud IsacoffProfessor of NeurobiologyNEUIon channel function and synaptic plasticity
Na JiAssociate Professor of NeurobiologyNEUDevelopment of microscopy methods for clearer, deeper, and faster in vivo tissue imaging
Gary KarpenAdjunct Professor of Cell and Developmental BiologyCDBChromosome structure and function
Nicole KingHoward Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Professor of Genetics, Genomics and DevelopmentChoanoflagellates, animal origins, and the evolution of host-microbe interactions
Arash KomeiliAssociate Professor (Affiliated) of Cell and Developmental BiologyCDBAssembly and Subcellular Organization of Bacterial Organelles
Doug KoshlandRichard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Chair in the Biological Sciences & Professor of Genetics, Genomics and DevelopmentDivision HeadMechanisms and principles that mediate desiccation tolerance and the structure, integrity, and evolution of chromosomes
Richard H. KramerCH and Annie Li Chair in Molecular Biology of Diseases and Professor of NeurobiologyNEUChemical signaling within and between neurons
John KuriyanHoward Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Chancellor's Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural BiologyStructural and functional studies of signal transduction and DNA replication
Stephan LammelAssistant Professor of NeurobiologyNEUOrganization and function of neural circuits
Michael LevineProfessor of Genetics, Genomics and DevelopmentRegulation of enhancer-promoter interactions
Polina LishkoAssistant Professor of Cell and Developmental BiologyCDBCell biology of mammalian fertilization
Kunxin LuoProfessor of Cell and Developmental BiologyCDBYear 1 AdvisorSignal transduction pathways mediated by receptors and the mechanisms controlling the activity of the receptor kinases
Michael MarlettaProfessor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural BiologyStructure/Function Relationships in Proteins; Enzyme Catalysis; Molecular Mechanisms of Cell Signaling
Susan MarquseeDirector of QB3 and Eveland Warren Endowed Chair Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural BiologyDeterminants of protein structure and folding
Andreas MartinHoward Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural BiologyEnergy-dependent proteases and molecular machines
Barbara MeyerHoward Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Professor of Genetics, Genomics and DevelopmentYear 1 AdvisorSex determination in C. elegans
Craig T. MillerAssociate Professor of Genetics, Genomics and DevelopmentGAC MemberDevelopmental and evolutionary genetics
Evan MillerAssistant Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural BiologyChemical biology, neuroscience, organic chemistry, fluorescence, imaging
John NgaiProfessor of NeurobiologyNEUMolecular and cellular mechanisms of olfaction
Eva NogalesHoward Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural BiologyDivision HeadStructure-function of macromolecular assemblies: cytoskeleton self-assembly and nucleic acid transactions
Daniel K. NomuraAssociate Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural BiologyDevelopment and application of chemical proteomic and metabolomic platforms to identify and pharmacologically target metabolic drivers of human disease
Lior PachterRaymond and Beverly Sackler Chair and Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development
Nipam PatelDepartment Co-Chair and William V. Power Chair in Biology Professor of Genetics, Genomics and DevelopmentCo-ChairGenetic and evolutionary studies of embryonic pattern formation
Daniel PortnoyEdward E. Penhoet Distinguished Chair in Global Public Health and Infectious Diseases and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural BiologyYear 1 AdvisorMolecular and cellular basis of microbial pathogenesis
David PrestiTeaching Professor of NeurobiologyNEUNeurobiology
Michael RapeHoward Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Professor of Cell and Developmental BiologyCDBProtein ubiquitination, degradation and the control of cell division and differentiation
David RauletEsther and Wendy Schekman Chair in Basic Cancer Biology, and Professor of Immunology and PathogenesisInnate immune responses to cancer and infections mediated by natural killer cells and T cells
Jasper RineHoward Hughes Medical Institute Professor and Professor of Genetics, Genomics and DevelopmentGene regulation; cell biology
Donald RioProfessor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural BiologyMolecular genetics; transposable elements; RNA splicing
Ellen RobeyProfessor of Immunology and PathogenesisEquity AdvisorFate determination in the T-lymphocyte lineage
Henk RoelinkProfessor of Genetics, Genomics and DevelopmentInduction in vertebrate development and ES cell differentiation
Daniel S. RokhsarProfessor of Genetics, Genomics and DevelopmentCollective phenomena and ordering in condensed matter and biological systems
Kaoru SaijoAssistant Professor of Immunology and PathogenesisNuclear Receptor-mediated regulation of Neuroinflammation
David SavageAssistant Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural BiologySynthetic biology and metabolism.
David SchafferProfessor of NeurobiologyNEUMolecular investigations of stem cells and viral gene delivery
Randy SchekmanHoward Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Professor of Cell and Developmental BiologyCDBOrganelle assembly; protein transport
Kristin ScottProfessor of Genetics, Genomics and DevelopmentProcessing gustatory information in the Drosophila brain
William ShaAssociate Professor of Immunology and PathogenesisB cell gene regulation and fate determination
Nilabh ShastriProfessor of Immunology and PathogenesisMechanisms of immunesurveillance
Sarah A. StanleyAssistant Professor of Immunology and Pathogenesis
Mark TanouyeProfessor (Affiliated) of NeurobiologyNEUMechanisms of nervous system structure and function
Jeremy ThornerProfessor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural BiologySignal transduction mechanisms; biochemistry; molecular genetics; cell biology
Robert TjianHoward Hughes Medical Institute President and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural BiologyEukaryotic molecular biology; biochemistry
Elçin ÜnalAssistant Professor of Genetics, Genomics and DevelopmentInvestigating the mechanisms that ensure cellular fitness during gametogenesis
Fyodor UrnovAdjunct Professor of Genetics, Genomics and DevelopmentEngineered zinc finger DNA binding proteins
Russell VanceHoward Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Professor of Immunology and PathogenesisHost-pathogen interactions
David WeisblatProfessor of Cell and Developmental BiologyCDBEquity AdvisorDevelopmental biology
Matthew WelchProfessor of Cell and Developmental BiologyCDBHead AdvisorCytoskeletal function in cell migration, membrane trafficking and microbial pathogenesis
Astar WinotoWilliams Endowed Chair and Professor of Immunology and PathogenesisGAC MemberMolecular mechanisms of apoptosis and proliferation in T cells, cancer, host pathogen interaction and human stem cells.
Ahmet YildizAssociate Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural BiologyStructural mechanism of molecular motors. High resolution imaging of subcellular structures
Qiang ZhouProfessor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural BiologyBiochemistry of HIV gene expression and transcriptional elongation
Roberto ZoncuAssistant Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural BiologyHow organelles sense nutrients and regulate cellular growth