Department News

Below are articles from various sources about members of MCB and their research.

Thornton Thompson, an MCB graduate student in the Raulet Lab, has received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (F31), awarded by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. His project title is "Role and Regulation of NKG2D Ligand Expression on Tumor-Infiltrating Myeloid Cells."

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May 26, 2016

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.

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May 23, 2016

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.

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May 23, 2016

A new postdoc in the Thorner Lab, Dr. Anita Emmerstorfer-Augustin, received a prestigíous two-year Erwin Schroedinger Fellowship from the Austrian Science Foundation.

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May 20, 2016

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.

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May 19, 2016

MCB neurobiologist, senior lecturer and author David E. Presti discusses his new book "Foundational Concepts in Neuroscience: A Brain-Mind Odyssey." 7pm on May 19th, Books, Inc., Berkeley. Free lecture -- open to the public. 

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May 17, 2016

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.

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May 13, 2016

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.

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May 12, 2016
Erica Pederson

Erica Pederson was a much loved and truly dedicated member of the DNA Sequencing Facility Team. It is with the greatest sadness that we report that Erica passed away on May 1, 2016, after a brief, but a brave, battle with cancer.

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May 11, 2016

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.

May 11, 2016

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.

May 10, 2016

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences has awarded the 2016 Dr H.P. Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics to MCB Professor Jennifer Doudna.

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May 10, 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.

May 06, 2016

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May 04, 2016

It was announced today that Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Susan Marqusee, and Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Robert Glaeser have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. 

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May 03, 2016

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