Department News

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

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. Bowes Fellows must have demonstrated exceptional promise and maturity in their graduate careers and be eager to engage the frontiers of biomedical and life sciences. The deadline is December 15, 2011.

December 06, 2011

The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) is seeking applications for three faculty positions in the areas listed below. We seek candidates with Ph. D. and/or M.D. degrees who have a strong interest in undergraduate and graduate teaching and demonstrated excellence, originality and productivity in research.

Systems Biology (MCB)

September 28, 2011

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Michelle Chang and Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Ming Hammond are recipients of the 2011 NIH Director's New Innovator Award. This award provides support to new investigators who propose highly innovative projects that have the potential for unusually high impact.


September 27, 2011

Cancer patients may view their tumors as parasites taking over their bodies, but this is more than a metaphor for Peter Duesberg, a molecular and cell biology professor at the University of California, Berkeley.


August 15, 2011

Pain is the most common reason for trips to the doctor's office. So it makes sense that pain treatment is a huge part of our healthcare system, costing more than 100 billion dollars a year. But how exactly pain works is still a mystery in many ways.

Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Diana Bautista has been interviewed by KQED about her research into pain.


August 01, 2011

Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Randy W. Schekman has been named the first editor of a new journal that the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society, and the Wellcome Trust aim to launch next year.


July 20, 2011

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Susan Marqusee has won the 2011 American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) "Rose Award".

The William C. Rose Award recognizes outstanding contributions to biochemical and molecular biological research and a demonstrated commitment to the training of younger scientists, as epitomized by the late Dr. Rose. Nominations must be originated by Society members, but the nominees need not be ASBMB members.

July 19, 2011

William V. Power Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Jeremy Thorner has been awarded a Senior Investigator Award from the American Asthma Foundation in collaboration with Assistant Professor of Immunology and Pathogenesis Greg Barton.

June 22, 2011

Two UC Berkeley faculty members are among 65 scientists awarded Early Career Research Awards by the Department of Energy. The five-year research grants were given to David Savage, assistant professor of molecular and cell biology, and Junqiao Wu, assistant professor of materials science and engineering.


May 18, 2011

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.


May 11, 2011

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.


May 05, 2011

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.


May 03, 2011

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.

April 27, 2011
Robert Tjian, MCB Professor and HHMI President, received the 2010 Glenn T. Seaborg Medal from the University of California, Los Angeles for oustanding accomplishments in chemistry or biochemistry. Dr. Tjian was also awarded the 2010 Grand Prix Charles‰ÛLÌ©opold Mayer from the French Academy of Sciences for his research on how genes are turned on and off.
April 05, 2011

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.

March 28, 2011