Department News

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

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.

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March 17, 2016

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.

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March 16, 2016
Watch this cool video highlighting several MCB faculty and their cutting-edge research:

March 16, 2016

Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Jennifer Doudna, along with her collaborator, Emmanuelle Charpentier have been awarded the Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize for 2016 in the Paulskirche in Frankfurt.

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March 16, 2016

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.

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March 14, 2016

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.

March 14, 2016

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.

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March 10, 2016

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.

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March 07, 2016

Rachael AckerUC Berkeley undergraduate Rachael Acker, who assists with research in MCB Professor Rebecca Heald's Lab, has been named the Pac-12 Women’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year.



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March 03, 2016

James NunezJames Nunez, a graduate student in MCB Professor Jennifer Doudna's Lab, has received the prestigious Weintraub Graduate Student Award. The Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award recognizes outstanding achievement during graduate studies in the biological sciences.

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March 03, 2016

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."

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February 23, 2016

1:00 pm, Saturday February 27, 2016. Join the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, along with Integrative Biology, and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute to celebrate the pioneering contributions of Dr. Marian Diamond to modern neuroscience. This is a free celebration at the new BAMPFA! 

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February 22, 2016

Director of QB3 and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Susan Marqusee, and Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Ahmet Yildiz have received 2016-2017 Miller Professorships. We also congratulate our MCB affiliate, Associate Professor of Plant and Microbial Biology, Arash Komeili, for receiving a Miller Professorship as well! These awards are "dedicated to the encouragement of creative thought and the conduct of research and investigation in the field of pure science."

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February 19, 2016

Assistant Professor of Neurobiology Hillel Adesnik was one of 105 U.S. scientists and engineers that were recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards this year. This is the "highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers."

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February 18, 2016

Niranjan Srinivas, a postdoc in Assistant Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development Hernan Garcia's Lab, has received a prestigious fellowship from the Damon-Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. 

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February 10, 2016

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