Department News

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

Matthew Akamatsu, a postdoctoral scholar in Professor David Drubin's lab, and Qingqing Wang, a postdoctoral scholar in Professor Donald Rio's lab, have been named 2016 Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows. This award program supports scholars with the highest potential for success in an independent academic career in chemistry and the life sciences.


September 01, 2016

It's the start of a new year, and MCB welcomes all of its students. We wish everyone a great semester! Pictured below is the new incoming graduate student class for fall 2016.

August 29, 2016

"Like other structural biologists, Eva Nogales works in extraordinary times. The University of California, Berkeley, faculty member now has the tools to tackle important questions about cells' molecular machinery that would have been impossible to answer just a few years ago. A recent project with Berkeley colleague Jennifer Doudna, the molecular biologist who co-pioneered the CRISPR–Cas9 gene-editing method, is a case in point..."

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August 19, 2016

MCB Professor of the graduate school Howard Schachman passed away on Friday, August 5th at the age of 97. He was an influential biochemist who was dedicated to UC Berkeley. He continued teaching for MCB well after his retirement. The last class he was involved with was just this past spring.


August 10, 2016

MCB Professor Eva Nogales has been given the distinguished honor of presenting the ASCB Keith Porter Lecture this December in San Francisco. The last MCB professor to give this talk was Randy Schekman back in 2005. Well deserved, Professor Nogales!


August 03, 2016

MCB Professors Kathy Collins and James Hurley have been named 2016-2017 Bakar Program Fellows. Collins' fellowship is in the category Biotechnology and Health, and her project is titled "New Reverse Transcriptase Technologies", and Hurley's fellowship is in the Neuroscience category, entitled "Activating Autophagy to Fight Neurodegeneration."

Read the project descriptions and more...

July 29, 2016

Sarah Hamilton joins the MCB Graduate Affairs Office just in time for the beginning of the new academic year. Next time you drop by the Graduate Student Services Office in the LSA, be sure to say "hi!"


July 27, 2016

MCB Professor Jamie Cate's lab has "found a promising new drug target within that pathway that is appealing, in part, because it appears to control production of only a few percent of the body’s many proteins, those critical to regulating the growth and proliferation of cells."


July 27, 2016

Have you seen the latest edition of the MCB Transcript? Learn what we've been up to from pioneering immunotherapeutics and vaccine research to global health initiatives. And read about our students and alumni, and watch some fun videos too! 


July 25, 2016

What's so great about choanoflagellates? MCB Professor Nicole King explains and reveals why she has dedicated her research career to figuring out how the first multicellular animal life came to be.


July 19, 2016

MCB Assistant Professor Craig Miller and collaborators have found evidence that the very first bony fish on Earth was susceptible to arthritis. This basic research may help approaches in therapeutic research related to arthritis.


July 15, 2016

In their paper in Current Biology, MCB Professor Marla Feller and her collaborators show that visual experience is necessary for populations of Direction Selective Ganglion Cells (DSGCs) to become tuned to movement along the cardinal axes.


July 13, 2016

Assistant Professor of Neurobiology Stephen Brohawn and Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology Evan Miller are recipients of Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Awards in the Neurosciences. 


July 12, 2016

Listen to a podcast, hosted by the Journal of Immunology, where Professor David H. Raulet discusses the importance of fundamental research. It highlights how some clinical therapies for cancer have emerged from basic science, performed decades previously, that had no obvious connection to cancer at the time it was published. 

Listen to the podcast here.

July 11, 2016

G. Steven Martin has retired and now Michael Botchan is serving as Interim Dean of Biological Sciences. Our MCB Co-Chairs have had a "changing of the guard" as well -- David Raulet and Richard Harland have handed the reigns over to David Drubin and Nipam Patel. Richard Harland will now serve as Senior Associate Dean of Biological Sciences. 


July 05, 2016