G. Steven Martin, department chair and professor of cell and developmental biology in MCB, has been appointed interim dean of biological sciences in the College of Letters and Science, effective July 1. He takes over for Mark Schlissel, who was recently named provost of Brown University.
Below are articles from various sources about members of MCB and their research.
It is with regret that we announce that on April 20th, Marietta Dunaway, an Adjunct and Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology in the Division of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from 1985 - 2001, died peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family.
A new study of itch adds to growing evidence that the chemical signals that make us want to scratch are the same signals that make us wince in pain.
The interactions between itch and pain are only partly understood, said itch and pain researcher Diana Bautista, an assistant professor of molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley.
When one hears the phrase 'egg-shaped', an oval immediately comes to mind. Chicken eggs are oval, and so are the eggs laid by many land-dwelling animals. But how do oval eggs get that way? Starting from this deceptively simple question, MCB Associate Professor David Bilder and graduate student Saori Haigo report in the journal Science the discovery of a new type of tissue movement that shapes animal organs.
MCB Professors Karsten Weis and James Berger with their team of researchers have solved the structure of a protein machine critical to the process of mRNA export from the nucleus. The study, published March 27th in the journal Nature, illustrates how energy can be exploited to extrude mRNA molecules from a transport channel, which perforates the nuclear envelope.
The Cell & Developmental Biology Division is hosting a one-day Symposium on The Biology of Regeneration on March 22, 2011. Information about the speakers and free registration are available by following the link below.
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology David Savage has been awarded the 2011 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship.
The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 118 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology James Berger is a recipient of the NAS Award in Molecular Biology.
Berger is being honored for elucidating the structures of topoisomerases and helicases and providing insights into the biochemical mechanisms that mediate the replication and transcription of DNA.
The Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute (HWNI) at the University of California, Berkeley, is seeking a senior, internationally recognized scientist working in any area of neuroscience to serve as Director of the HWNI.
Adjunct Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Gary Karpen and a team of researchers with the "model organism Encyclopedia of DNA Elements" (modENCODE) project have published a new analysis of the fruit fly genome in Science, Nature, and Genome Research that goes beyond the mere genetic sequence to reveal the RNA and chromatin structures that produce a functional organism.
The Bowes Research Fellows Program at the University of California, Berkeley, is seeking nominations of outstanding recent or imminent Ph.D. and M.D. graduates to be given the freedom to establish an independent research program as an alternative to the traditional postdoctoral experience.