Department News

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

Erol Kepkep began working at the campus‰Ûªs Department of Instruction in Biology in 1987, when he was an undergraduate completing a double major in molecular biology and genetics. In 1989, he moved into the Molecular and Cell Biology Department, where he and his staff are responsible for two Biology 1A lab classrooms. Among the challenges of the job: tracking the lab‰Ûªs snakes and crocodiles when they go missing, juggling enrollment for 600-plus students each semester, and helping protozoans and cyanobacteria flourish.

November 20, 2009

President Barack Obama's stimulus package is already stimulating innovation and jobs at the University of California, Berkeley, with more than 130 projects underway. The work is being funded by nearly $65 million in new money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

November 20, 2009

New findings by University of California, Berkeley, scientists including Molecular & Cell Biology Associate Professor Abby Dernburg show that the cell's cytoskeleton, which moves things around in the cell, plays a critical role, essentially reaching into the nucleus to bring chromosome pairs together in preparation for recombination and segregation.

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November 16, 2009

The bulk of the work for which Elizabeth Blackburn, Carol Greider and John Szostak won this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine took place at the University of California, Berkeley, when Blackburn was a professor of molecular and cell biology and Greider was her graduate student.

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October 07, 2009

Kathleen Collins, a professor in the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology, has made it her business to understand everything she can about this so-called immortality enzyme. Her discoveries about its regulation, assembly and connections to human disease are leading the way toward methods to regulate its production and perhaps treat disorders such as cancer.

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September 28, 2009

Jocelyn E. Krebs who received her PhD from the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology is now the lead author on the newest edition (10th) of a classic molecular biology textbook, now called Lewin's GENES X.

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September 28, 2009

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

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