Department News

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

Professor Jennifer Doudna has written a popular science book about her personal and professional experiences in CRISPR research. The book is co-authored by her former graduate student, Sam Sternberg.

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July 11, 2017

A paper published in Cell Metabolism by HHMI Investigator and MCB Professor Andrew Dillin's lab, his former postdoc Celine Riera, and co-authored by the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research and others suggests that smelling what you eat may play an important role in how the body deals with calories.


July 06, 2017

Silvio Temprana, a postdoc in Assistant Professor Hillel Adesnik's lab, is one of 10 Pew Latin American Fellows in the Biomedical Sciences. He is studying information processing in the brain and whether an animal's perception can be altered. 


June 26, 2017

A Berkeley Lab team led by Dr. Gary Karpen, Adjunct Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, "uncovered evidence that heterochromatin organizes large parts of the genome into specific regions of the nucleus using liquid-liquid phase separation, a mechanism well-known in physics but whose importance for biology has only recently been revealed."


June 23, 2017

Kaoru Saijo, Assistant Professor of Immunology & Pathogenesis, is one of 22 exceptional early-career researchers appointed as 2017 Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences.  Dr. Saijo will study how immune cells in the brain play a role in the development of depression.


June 19, 2017

Have you seen the latest edition of the MCB Transcript? Learn what we've been up to from exciting new faculty recruits to biotech entrepreneurship. And read about our students and alumni too! 


June 17, 2017

Assistant Professor of Neurobiology Hillel Adesnik's lab has a new paper accepted in Neuron. They examine spatial coding in the rodent whisker system during active sensation and the resulting cortical representation of the scanned space.


June 12, 2017

The MCB Industrial Affiliates Program (IAP) kickoff event on May 12th was a great success! MCB faculty, postdocs and students enjoyed networking with representatives from a variety of innovative bioscience companies including Agenovir, AstraZeneca, Acerta Pharma, Biotech Partners, Driver, Grifols, Thermo Fisher Scientific, 10x Genomics and 4D Moelcular Therapeutics. To learn more about the IAP program or participate in future events, please email or read more here.

June 06, 2017

Stephan Lammel, Assistant Professor of Neurobiology, is one of the seven biomedical scientists named Rita Allen Foundation Scholars whose research holds exceptional promise for revealing new pathways to advance human health. Stephan will examine the mechanisms by which chronic stress can lead to depression.


June 05, 2017

Work performed in HHMI Investigator and MCB Professor of Neurobiology Yang Dan's lab, in collaboration with labs from UCSF, Stanford, and other institutions identifies the sleep-active and sleep-promoting neurons in the preoptic area of the hypothalmus using neural projection tracing tools.


May 31, 2017

Assistant Professor Polina Lishko has been named one of the three Rose Hill Innovators on the UC Berkeley campus for her work on "Molecular basis of the age-related reproductive decline in females."


May 30, 2017

Longtime MCB visiting scholar, Dr. Ian Gibbons, has received the prestigious Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine, awarded each year by the Shaw Prize Foundation of Hong Kong.


May 25, 2017

MCB Professor John Ngai's lab, in conjunction with other UC Berkeley statisticians and computer scientists, was able to trace which stem cells in the nose become specialized based on their RNA profiles. The research could possibly lead to an eventual cure for anosmia.


May 18, 2017

MCB Assistant Professor of Neurobiology Stephen Brohawn was chosen to receive a 2017 McKnight Scholar Award, for his resarch on "Mechanisms of biological force sensation." The McNight Scholar is one of the most prestigious honors that a young early-career neurobiologist can receive. 


May 17, 2017

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."


May 16, 2017