Department News

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

Assistant Professor Lin He (Cell & Developmental Biology) has been named as a prestigious MacArthur "genius" fellow for 2009. MacArthur fellows are selected for their "creativity, originality, and potential" and are awarded $500,000 over 5 years with unrestricted usage.

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September 22, 2009

A new way to select and switch on one cell type in an organism using light has helped answer a long-standing question about the function of one class of enigmatic nerve cells in the spinal cord.

September 17, 2009

Kathy Lynn Hudson, who received her PhD from the Molecular Biology department at UC Berkeley in 1989 and is the founding director of Johns Hopkins University's Genetics & Public Policy Center, has been recruited as the chief of staff of the new National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins.

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September 14, 2009

A new study by researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and Berkeley-based Aduro BioTech provides clues why killed and severely attenuated vaccines don‰Ûªt always work. It also suggests ways to engineer an attenuated vaccine to make it as potent as a live vaccine but as safe as a killed vaccine.

September 09, 2009

It is with regret that we announce that Emeritus Professor Richard Strohman passed away on Saturday, July 4. Dr. Strohman was a member of the Zoology Department (one of the predecessors of MCB), and worked for many years on muscle development.

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July 06, 2009

Andreas Martin has been named as one of the 2009 Searle Scholars. The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected universities and research centers to support the independent research of exceptional young faculty in the biomedical sciences and chemistry.

Two MCB Ph.D Alumni (Iain Cheeseman and Danica Chen) are also among the 2009 awardees.

June 18, 2009

The Pew Charitable Trusts announced today that Dr. Diana M. Bautista was selected as a 2009 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences. Awards this year were given to 17 early-career scientists who display outstanding promise in research relevant to the advancement of human health.

MCB Ph.D Alumni Zev David Bryant is also among the 2009 awardees.

June 16, 2009

Woj Wojtowicz has been selected as the first Bowes Research Fellow and will start August 15, 2009. She will be researching the interactions of cell surface molecules in neurons with the goal of understanding how these interactions ultimately lead to the precise wiring of the brain.

June 11, 2009

MCB held its 2009 Graduate Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 22.

MCB Graduates 2009

Professor Robert Tjian gave the commencement address. Leonid Teytelman gave the student address. Walter Fischler received the Nicholas Cozzarelli Prize.  Stephanie Szobota and Philip Johnson were presented with the Alan Bearden Award.


May 23, 2009

The May edition of ScienceMatters@Berkeley includes profiles of three MCB faculty members: Professor of Neurobiology John Ngai, Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Diana Bautista, and Professor of Neurobiology Richard Kramer.

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May 14, 2009

A conference titled "From Motors to Morphogenesis: Oster-Inspired Research" will be held May 30-31 at UC Berkeley. The goal of the meeting is to discuss new and exciting advances in cell biophysics inspired and pioneered by MCB Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology George Oster.

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May 01, 2009

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Hiroshi Nikaido and Professor of Neurobiology Mu-ming Poo have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

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April 28, 2009

Edward Penhoet, former MCB faculty member and former Dean of the School of Public Health, has been elected as a Fellow to the prestigious American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Fellows include leaders in the sciences, the humanities and the arts, business, public affairs, and the nonprofit sector.

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April 21, 2009

The second annual Genetics, Development and Molecular Evolution Supergroup Symposium will be on Tuesday, May 12, 2009. Additional information and registration form are available here.

April 15, 2009

MCB graduate student Hana Lee of Professor Rachel Brem’s lab was selected as one of the 2009 recipients of The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans are awarded to immigrants to the United States or children of immigrants, and are based on the candidate’s creativity, originality, and initiative; commitment to and capacity for accomplishment; and commitment to the values expressed in the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The third

April 13, 2009