MCB and Chemical Engineering Professor David Schaffer collaborated with HHMI scientists to develop a powerful new viral vector that can deliver genetically-encoded neural activity sensors in the brain. This tool provides a new opportunity to observe the structures of neural networks on a larger scale, as well as the specific role of projection neurons in neural networks.
Below are articles from various sources about members of MCB and their research.
A team of researchers led by MCB Professor and HHMI Investigator Michael Rape has found that in addition to its importance for bone strength, calcium has a major role as a signal molecule that regulates bone formation and growth at a cellular level. This finding could help locate and correct erroneous signals during bone growth that lead to bone abnormalities.
MCB Associate Professor Diana Bautista and MCB Professor and HHMI Investigator Randy Schekman co-authored this study.
The Department of Molecular & Cell Biology welcomes Professor Eric Betzig and Associate Professor Na Ji, who will be joining us in the summer of 2017. Betzig was awarded the Nobel prize in 2014 for developing super-resolution fluorescence microscopy, which allows scientists to look inside cells and visualize the pathways of individual molecules, including those involved in disease. Ji studies optical imaging technology development and its application in neurobiology.
The East West Alliance, a global network of universities and medical schools supported by the Li Ka Shing Foundation, annually supports a symposium at one of the participating institutions. The 2016 symposium will be held at UC Berkeley, Sunday, October 30 through Tuesday, November 1, on the theme "Frontiers in Health Research".
The new $600 million Chan Zuckerberg Biohub will bring together research powerhouses UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco and Stanford University in a medical science research center headquartered near UCSF's Mission Bay campus. It will provide flexible laboratory space, the latest technological tools, and funding for high impact exploratory projects.
MCB Professor Rebecca Heald is studying the effects of genome size in amphibians, where larger genomes generate larger cells, organelles, and spindle apparatus sizes during cell division. Her research seeks to identify these “scaling factors” that regulate spindle sizes in other organisms as well.
New research out from Professor Andrew Dillin's lab! "An intriguing finding in nematode worms suggests that having a little bit of extra fat may help reduce the risk of developing some neurodegenerative diseases, such as Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases."
Professor of the Graduate School Robert Zucker is the 2017 recipient of the Sir Bernard Katz Award of the Exocytosis/Endocytosis Subgroup of the Biophysical Society. The award recognizes excellence in research and outstanding careers in the field of exocytosis/endocytosis. Dr. Zucker will give a talk at the upcoming annual meeting in February, 2017. Read More...
MCB Adjunct Professor Gary Karpen and his team published a new study recently in the journal Nature Communications -- their findings could lead to a new biomarker for the early stages of tumor development.
At noon on Monday, September 12, 2016 the campus will hold its annual memorial event to recognize the more than 57 faculty/academics, staff, students, emeriti faculty, and staff retirees who died this past year. This includes MCB Emeriti faculty R. David Cole, Walter Freeman, and Howard Schachman, and MCB staff member Erica Pederson.
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.
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.
"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..."
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.