Below are articles from various sources about members of MCB and their research.
MCB and Chemistry Professor Michael Marletta has been elected as a new member of the American Philosophical Society. The society was founded in Philadelphia in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the purpose of “promoting useful knowledge” in the sciences and humanities -- an eminent scholarly organization of international reputation, it was the first established learned society in the U.S.
By devising fluorescent probes to track the presence and movement of copper atoms in and out of nerve cells, MCB and Chemistry Professor Chris Chang has shown that changes in concentration of this element at the synapse can switch on or off signaling between neurons.
Assistant Professor of Neurobiology Helen Bateup and Assistant Professor of Immunology and Pathogenesis Kaoru Saijo are recipients of the 2016-2017 Hellman Fellows Fund. It was instituted to support the research of Assistant Professors who show capacity for great distinction in their research.
UC Berkeley experts in electron microscopy have learned in detail how proteins orchestrate the first key steps in gene activation – opening up the double-stranded DNA. MCB Professor Eva Nogales, who led the new study, aims to further explore the interactions between these key proteins and DNA.
HHMI Investigator and Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development Andrew Dillin, Johan Auwerx of EPFL, Switzerland, and teams of international and UC Berkeley researchers have discovered epigenetic switches in worms that are also linked to increased lifespan in mammals. The two resulting papers will be reported in the May 19th issue of Cell and are available online.
Polina Kosillo, a postdoctoral researcher in Assistant Professor Helen Bateup's lab, was the single recipient of the prestigious Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance Postdoctoral Fellowship Award. The TS Alliance endeavors to stimulate, support, and coordinate research that will lead to a cure for tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) while improving the lives of those affected.
A study led by Genetics, Genomics and Development Professor Daniel Rokhsar, research specialist Jessen Bredeson, postdoc Jessica Lyons and members of the International Cassava Genetic Map Consortium has compared cassava's genome to its relatives, in order to improve disease resistance and crop yield.Their paper was published in Nature Biotechnology on April 18, 2016.
Class of '36 Chair and Professor of Immunology and Pathogenesis Greg Barton, postdoctoral fellow Meghan Koch, and colleagues have found yet another reason why breastmilk is important for a newborn's health. They have identified antibodies in mouse milk that instruct the immune system on how to appropriately respond to beneficial gut bactera and help regulate inflammatory responses.
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Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Jennifer Doudna has been named a foreign member of the prestigious Royal Society, a rare honor for a UC Berkeley faculty member. She joins MCB Professors John Kuriyan and Randy Schekman as elected foreign members of the society, and Professors G. Steven Martin and Gerald Westheimer, who are fellows within the society.