MCB Assistant Professor Polina Lishko is in the news again for her work involving contraceptives research. "Two chemicals found in anti-fertility folk medicines block a key step in fertilization – the meeting of egg and sperm – and may make effective alternatives to today’s hormone-based contraceptives, which sometimes cause side effects."
Below are articles from various sources about members of MCB and their research.
MCB Professor Emeritus Edward Penhoet is the recipient of the 2017 Fiat Lux Faculty Award from UC Berkeley and the Cal Alumni Association. The award recognizes a faculty member whose extraordinary contributions go above and beyond the call of duty.
MCB Assistant Professors Hernan Garcia and Stephan Lammel were named Hellman Fellows Fund recipients. The award supports the research of promising assistant professors who show capacity for great distinction in their research. Garcia's proposal is "The Dynamical Embryo: Technology for a Movie-Based View of Developmental Biology," and Lammel's is "An Ethological Approach Towards Understanding the Effects of Chronic Stress in the Brain."
Grant Schroeder, an IB major and undergraduate researcher in Professor Richard Harland's lab, was awarded the prestigious 2017 University Medal. Given to the most distinguished graduating senior on the UC Berkeley campus, he will speak at the upcoming campus-wide commencement and is joined by four runners up who are also distinguished scholars in their own right. Grant is off to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to do research and experiment with stem cell therapies for skeletal tissue regeneration.
MCB is pleased to announce a new program designed to enhance interactions with industry. The MCB Industrial Affiliates Program (IAP) offers innovative companies the opportunity to recruit outstanding students and postdocs from our top-ranked department, exposure to cutting edge research, and rewarding scientific exchange with our faculty. The IAP launch event will be held on May 12th. Please visit our website or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Hundreds of students, faculty, researchers, and community members gathered on Sproul Plaza on Earth Day to participate in the March for Science rally. The event was organized by MCB graduate students, and featured MCB Professor Nipam Patel and other graduate student speakers.
In a formal ceremony in Tokyo today, the 2017 Japan Prize in the life sciences was presented to the two inventors of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool that is revolutionizing biological research and medical treatment -- MCB Professor Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin.
HHMI Investigator and Chancellor's Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology John Kuriyan has received the 2017 Stein & Moore Award sponsored by The Protein Society. The award recognizes eminent leaders in protein science who have made sustained high-impact research contributions to the field.
Ryan Morrie, a graduate student in the Feller Lab, has been awarded the 2017-2018 University of California Dissertation-Year Fellowship for his outstanding scholarly achievement and future academic potential. He was also recognized for his involvement in scientific outreach with diverse local elementary school children through the Bay Area Scientists In Schools (BASIS) program.
Congratulations to Professors Jamie Cate and Christopher Chang for being elected members of the esteemed American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
MCB graduate student Nicole Haloupek's lovely article in the Berkeley Review is featured front and center on the UC Berkeley home page today. Read the full article, "Color by Numbers," which highlights the fascinating work of the Patel Lab (including grad students Ryan Null and Rachel Thayer) and other researchers on campus examinig the science behind color.