Department News

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

MCB affiliated and Plant & Microbial Biology Professor Arash Komeili has joined the ranks of the Bakar Fellows, a program that provides up to 5 years of funding for faculty whose STEM innovations can translate to valuable commercial solutions and stimulate California's economy.


August 13, 2019

MCB Professor Gary Firestone was awarded the Beckman Foundation’s Pyramid Award last week at the annual Beckman Symposium. The award recognizes his efforts starting, organizing, and revising the Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship program from 2014–2019.


August 09, 2019

Congratulations to MCB Professor James Hurley for being presented with a Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) Award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)!

This honor is in recognition of his work on the mechanism of HIV release from cells by ESCRT complexes.


August 01, 2019

Congratulations to Daniel Nomura on his promotion to MCB Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology!



July 17, 2019

We are excited to officially welcome new faculty member Srigokul ‘Gokul’ Upadhyayula to MCB! Upadyayula joins MCB as an Assistant Professor in Residence in the Division of Cell & Developmental Biology and is the first Scientific Director of the Advanced Bioimaging Center (ABC, formerly the Advanced Imaging Center) on campus.


July 12, 2019

Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Robert Glaeser on being awarded the 2019–20 Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professorship!

This annual University of California award recognizes teaching, research, and public service. Glaeser is an international reference point for the physical and technical understanding of electron diffraction and imaging, as well as for his knowledge concerning biological radiation damage. Over the course of his career, he has mentored students and postdocs that have gone on to become leaders in the cryo-electron microscopy field.


July 09, 2019

Nomura & Zoncu

New research from the labs of MCB Assistant Professor Roberto Zoncu & MCB, Chemistry, and NST Associate Professor Dan Nomura reveals a newly-discovered small-molecule activator of autophagy called EN6. This research, published in Nature Chemical Biology, reveals a unique approach for enhancing autophagy, which may have implications for the development of novel therapeutics in the future.

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July 08, 2019

Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our most recent PhD graduates and welcoming them as important members of the MCB alumni community!


June 28, 2019


A new study co-authored by MCB Professor Gary Karpen describes how the human DNA in centromeres, the central areas of chromosomes, has survived largely unchanged for hundreds of thousands of years.

Because they do not participate in the “crossover” process that occurs when cells divide to form sperm or eggs, centromeres may preserve very ancient stretches of DNA. The researchers found that some DNA at our centromeres may have originated in populations of Neanderthals and ancestral hominids from before modern humans migrated out of Africa.

This research may also provide a way of better understanding the functional importance of chromosomal crossover in sexually-reproducing organisms.


June 20, 2019

Congratulations to MCB Associate Professor Hillel Adesnik, and MCB Assistant Professors Gloria Brar and Stephen Brohawn on being named 2019 Rose Hills Innovators! 

The program, launched in 2014 and established with generous support from The Rose Hills Foundation, supports distinguished early-career faculty in the STEM fields.


June 19, 2019


A new study co-authored by MCB, Chemistry & NST Associate Professor Dan Nomura investigates how nimbolide, a natural product derived from the neem tree, may function in impairing cancer pathogenicity.

“We discover here that nimbolide not only impairs cancer pathogenicity through stabilizing tumor suppressors, but that we can exploit nimbolide to also degrade and eliminate other cancer-causing proteins in cells for cancer therapy,” said Nomura.


June 18, 2019


Congratulations to MCB Assistant Professor Michel Dupage, who was named a 2019 Pew-Stewart Scholar for Cancer Research! This prestigious honor for early-career researchers from Pew Research Center comes with multiyear research funding aimed at advancing human health.


June 17, 2019

Doudna & Weissman

The pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has announced a five-year collaboration with UC Berkeley and UCSF to establish the Laboratory for Genomics Research (LGR), where state-of-the-art CRISPR techniques will be used to advance the genomic research and rapidly accelerate new drug development.

“LGR is about building that space where creative science is partnered with the development of robust technology that will help develop tomorrow’s drugs. I think we’re going to be able to do science that none of us can even imagine today," said MCB & Chemistry Professor Jennifer Doudna, who will be a member of the LGR's steering committee.


June 13, 2019

Congratulations to MCB Graduate Student Financial Specialist Eric Buhlis, recipient of a Staff Achievement Award from the UC Berkeley College of Letters & Science!

Eric was recognized for setting the gold standard for helping graduate students navigate their often-complicated funding information, thus enabling those students to better plan financially. He is an exemplary employee and team player whose dedication to MCB deserves the highest praise.


June 11, 2019

Headshot of Eva NogalesCongratulations to MCB Professor Eva Nogales for being elected an Associate Member of EMBO!

EMBO is an organization of more than 1800 leading researchers that promote excellence in the life sciences in Europe and beyond.



June 11, 2019