Department News

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

Associate Professor of Neurobiology Dan Feldman explores Spanish neuroscientist Ramón y Cajal’s pioneering drawings of neural networks at a lunchtime talk at the new Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive. Feldman’s lunchtime talk is part of BAMPFA’s inaugural exhibition, Architecture of Life.

BAM/PFA
2155 Center Street, Berkeley Friday
February 19th, 2016 
12:15 PM

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February 04, 2016

The IB and MCB Departments have partnered up to support undergrads and their love for the biosciences.

More than 200 students attended this exciting networking event held on Jan 21st from 2-5pm in the Li Ka Shing Lobbies. Even more incredible? That this event was made BY students (both IB and MCB) FOR students. A whopping 26 clubs and organizations dedicated their time and efforts to the student community.

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February 01, 2016

The University of California, Berkeley is officially launching the Alliance for Global Health and Science (the Alliance), thanks to a $1 million gift from Berkeley alumnus and Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aduro Biotech Stephen T. Isaacs.

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January 29, 2016
Jacob Corn

Assistant Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology and Scientific Director of the Innovative Genomics Initiative (IGI) Jacob Corn and colleagues have been able to improve the efficiency of the CRISPR-Cas9 technique's ability to replacing a short stretch of DNA with another by 60%.

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January 27, 2016

Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Andreas Martin is a member of a team of researchers from UC Berkeley and The Scripps Research Institute that used cryo-electron microscopy to determine the atomic structure of the isolated proteasome lid. The structure reveals the mechanism by which the deubiquitinating enzyme Rpn11 is inhibited when the lid is not associated with the proteasome.

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January 27, 2016

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Roberto Zoncu has been named one of seven winners of the 2016 Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award for early career scientists doing novel research into cancer.

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January 20, 2016

Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Jennifer Doudna joined Joseph Biden this morning at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, as the vice president promoted a major new U.S. initiative to speed the discovery of cures for cancer, what President Obama has dubbed a “cancer moonshot.”

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January 20, 2016

The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, along with Integrative Biology, joins the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute to celebrate the pioneering contributions of Dr. Marian Diamond to modern neuroscience. Mark your calendars for this free, special celebration! 1:00 pm, February 27, 2016, at BAMPFA. 

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January 08, 2016

It’s the season for being grateful, and Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley has a lot to be grateful for. We’ve been consistently making big news all year long. Thanks to our researchers, teachers and students for making crucial contributions on many scientific fronts!

Read our 2015 MCB Holiday Greeting.

Read the Division of Biological Sciences 2015 Winter Newsletter.

December 22, 2015

Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Michelle Chang has been honored with the Pfizer Award in Enzyme Chemistry, from the Division of Biological Chemistry in the American Chemical Society. This award is for outstanding work in enzyme chemistry where the presence of enzyme action is unequivocally demonstrated.

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December 22, 2015

Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Jennifer A. Doudna is the recipient of the 2016 Biopolymers Murray Goodman Memorial Prize from the Division of Biological Chemistry in the American Chemical Society. This award is for outstanding accomplishments in one or more of the areas of biochemistry, biophysical chemistry, biophysics, and/or chemical biology.

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December 22, 2015

In its year-end issue, the journal Science chose the CRISPR genome-editing technology, originating out of Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Jennifer Doudna's lab, 2015’s Breakthrough of the Year.

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December 19, 2015

A new study from the Patel Lab illustrates the ease with which CRISPR-Cas9 can knock out genes in exotic animals — in this case, an amphipod or sandhopper — to learn how those genes control growth and development.

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December 15, 2015

Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development Jasper Rine has been elected to the National Academy of Inventors, along with two other UC Berkeley faculty members.

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December 15, 2015

Today marks the start of a three-day international summit in Washington, D.C. focusing on the ethics of making permanent, hereditary changes in the human genome. Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Jennifer Doudna spearheaded this effort with an informal discussion organized in January -- bringing international attention and laying the ground work for this summit.

Read more about the Summit and see The New York Times Magazine's feature.

December 02, 2015

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