"MCB cancer immunologists are teaming up with colleagues working on infectious disease to create a new Immunotherapeutics and Vaccine Research Initiative, fueled by $7.5 million in funding from Aduro Biotech Inc., a Berkeley company that develops immunotherapies for cancer and other diseases."
Below are articles from various sources about members of MCB and their research.
Professor Emeritus of Berkeley's Biochemistry Department (now a part of Molecular and Cell biology), Roger David Cole, passed away at age 91 in Santa Barbara on March 13, 2016. Cole worked at Berkeley from 1958 until 1992, when he retired as Assistant Dean in the College of Letters and Science.
MCB Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Jennifer Doudna has been honored with the 2016 Canada Gairdner International Award. There were four additional recipients, including Doudna's original collaborator, Emmanuelle Charpentier, and three others -- Feng Zhang, Rodolphe Barrangou, and Philippe Horvath.
Associate Professor of Plant and Microbial Biology (and affiliate of MCB's Division of Cell and Developmental Biology) Arash Komeili, and his collaborators, which include MCB Professors Michelle Chang and James Hurley, have discovered how magnetic compasses form in bacteria, which allow them to navigate their environment.
Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Polina Lishko, and her postdoc Melissa Miller have "discovered the switch that triggers the power kick sperm use to penetrate and fertilize a human egg." Their findings are published in the “Fast Release” issue of the journal Science.
The Cancer Research Lab (CRL) and CEND (The Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases) are joining forces to help launch a new campus initiative called the Immunotherapeutics and Vaccine Research Initiative or IVRI. The official launch is on March 24-25, 2016 to coincide with a Symposium on Immunotherapy on the UC Berkeley campus.
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology, Evan Miller is a 2016 recipient of the Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Research Award from the March of Dimes and a New Investigator Research Grant from the Alzheimer's Association.
Assistant Professor of Neurobiology Stephan Lammel has been awarded a Whitehall Foundation Fellowship. The Whitehall Foundation supports young scientists at the beginning of their careers and assists scholarly research in vertebrate and invertebrate neurobiology in an effort to better understand behavioral output or brain mechanisms of behavior.
Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Jennifer Doudna was one of five scientists to receive the Alpert Prize in 2016. This year, the Warren Alpert Foundation Prize recognizes five scientists for their remarkable contributions to the understanding of the CRISPR bacterial defense system and the revolutionary discovery that it can be adapted for genome editing.
New cryo-EM facilities are coming (available to researchers at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, UCSF and LBNL) that will drastically increase our ability to understand protein structures.
Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Gloria Brar, Assistant Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development Hernan Garcia, and Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Evan Miller have received 2016 Sloan Fellowships, along with five other UC Berkeley faculty. These fellowships "seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise."