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.
Below are articles from various sources about members of MCB and their research.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MCB held its 2009 Graduate Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 22.
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.
A conference titled "From Motors to Morphogenesis: Oster-Inspired Research" will be held May 30-31 at UC Berkeley. The goal of the meeting is to discuss new and exciting advances in cell biophysics inspired and pioneered by MCB Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology George Oster.