Department News

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

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

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.

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February 28, 2011

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.

February 10, 2011

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.


January 20, 2011

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.

December 30, 2010

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.


December 30, 2010

Howard Hughes Investigator and Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Abby Durnburg has been awarded the 2011 Edward Novitski prize by the Genetics Society of America (GSA).


December 29, 2010

How does a neural circuit get wired up to perform specific computations? The Feller lab recently addressed this question by studying the circuit mediates direction selectivity in the retina (Wei et al, Nature, 2010).

December 09, 2010

Assistant Professor of Immunology and Pathogenesis Russell Vance has been selected as one of the two recipients of the 2011 Merck S. Sigal Memorial Awards by the American Society For Microbiology.

November 15, 2010

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.

October 26, 2010

Size matters when it comes to the nucleus of a cell and now Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Rebecca Heald and post-doctoral fellow Daniel L. Levy have discovered the signals that control how big the nucleus gets.

October 13, 2010

Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Jennifer Doudna has been elected a member of the Institute of Medicine, considered one of the highest honors in the fields of medicine and health. Doudna is one of only 12 IOM members on the UC Berkeley faculty.


October 13, 2010

Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Iswar Hariharan  has been granted an American Cancer Society Research Professorship, their most prestigious award.  The five year grant will be used to study ways by which excessive tissue growth can be curtailed by manipulating cell metabolism in fruit flies.

October 10, 2010