Department News

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

"The Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruled that the inventions claimed in the pending U.S. patent application filed by the Doudna/Charpentier research group and the patents and applications filed by the Broad Institute are separately patentable from one another, thereby moving the Doudna/Charpentier group’s application closer to issuance as a U.S. patent."

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February 17, 2017

MCB Affiliated Professor Dan Fletcher (who is Chair of the Department of Bioengineering) was one of the thirteen UC Berkeley faculty that were named Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigators. Fletcher "will launch a new effort to map the topography and spatial organization of cell-cell surfaces, starting with macrophages in their interactions with tumor cells."

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February 08, 2017

The MCB Department is fully committed to supporting, in every way possible, all members of our department, irrespective of their national origin, religious background, race, color, age, sex, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. We are particularly troubled by the recent Executive Order on Immigration because it threatens members of our community and the practice of science. MCB scientists and staff come from many countries and engage in numerous international collaborations. Our research is enhanced by the diversity of perspectives provided by scientists from different backgrounds including international scientists. In addition, everyone’s science benefits when all scientists can travel freely between the U.S. and other countries to communicate directly with each other. We will resist policies that threaten our scientific culture and values. 

February 07, 2017

HHMI Investigator and MCB Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development Michael Eisen has announced that he will run for U.S. Senate to offer a scientific voice to the political process.

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February 06, 2017

"Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier were awarded the Japan Prize today for their invention of the revolutionary gene-editing technology known as CRISPR-Cas9, which has swept into research labs around the world and is already yielding new therapies for cancer and hereditary diseases."

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February 02, 2017

UC Berkeley researchers studying cancer and infectious disease are joining forces in an attempt to maniupulate the immune response for both invaders through immunotherapy. The recently formed IVRI, Immunotherapeutics and Vaccine Research Institute, is at the forefront of this collaborative work.

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January 20, 2017

MCB's Professor Jennifer Doudna, in collaboration with Professor Jill Banfield (of earth & planetary sciences and of ESPM), have "discovered simple CRISPR systems similar to CRISPR-Cas9 — a gene-editing tool that has revolutionized biology — in previously unexplored bacteria that have eluded efforts to grow them in the laboratory."

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December 22, 2016

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year. Have a great winter break, everyone! ...And with all that free time, catch up on reading the Fall 2016 Newsletter.

December 20, 2016

Professor Jennifer Doudna will be given a Luminary Award at the Precision Medicine World Conference on January 23rd-25th, 2017. Doudna will also be one of the key speakers at the conference -- read a recent PMWC Q&A with Professor Doudna.

Are you interested in attending the conference? PMWC has created a discount code for UC Berkeley attendees -- It is "berkeley_discount_pmwc2017" (expires on January 11, 2017). Or register here and have the code applied automatically. 

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December 20, 2016

MCB Professor Nicole King, her graduate student, Arielle Woznica and collaborators have found the first demonstration that bacteria can drive sexual mating in eukaroyotes. "Researchers seeking the evolutionary roots of the animal kingdom have discovered a bacterium, Vibrio fischeri, that acts as an aphrodisiac on a species of protozoan choanoflagellates, the closest living relatives of animals, by releasing an enzyme that sends Salpinogoeca rosetta, into a full mating frenzy."

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December 14, 2016

On the morning of the Big Give (Nov 17th), the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology was one of the winners of a "Random Alumni Donor" drawing. That means that whatever that alumnus donated, the university will contribute an additional $2K! Check out the Big Give Leaderboard for more stats and thanks to all of you who supported our research, education, and students here at MCB!

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November 17, 2016

The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) at UC Berkeley invites applications for a pool of full-time or part-time, temporary non-tenure track Lecturer positions to teach MCB courses as the need arises.

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November 08, 2016

MCB Assistant Adjunct Professor Jacob Corn was one of the lead authors on a recent study revealing significant progress in the fight against sickle cell disease.

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October 27, 2016

Come to the free Vision + Light show on Oct 28th from 6:15-7pm (2151 Berkeley Way) and be transported to a mesmerizing, microscopic world filled with beauty, mystery and tentacles! MCB Professor Nipam Patel and his collaborators will be on hand to answer questions.

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October 26, 2016

Each year, the MCB Department chooses five outstanding postdoctoral fellows for their excellence in research, contributions to their division, the department, and for their mentoring and outreach efforts.

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October 24, 2016

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