Department News

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

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

The Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO) has announced that the 2016 HFSP Nakasone Award has been awarded to Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin, Germany and Umeå University, Sweden for their seminal work on gene editing by means of the CRISPR-Cas9 system.


November 24, 2015

The Developmental and Regenerative Biology (DRB) Group at UC Berkeley brings together researchers interested in fundamental questions concerning how organisms reproduce, develop from egg to adult, and maintain themselves through renewal and regeneration. Twenty different Molecular and Cell Biology faculty labs are involved in this group so far.


November 20, 2015

The Collins and Kuriyan Labs were among eight campus labs to receive the UC Berkeley Excellence in Laboratory Safety Awards. The awards are given to labs that demonstrate outstanding safety cultures, and have the on-going attention and shared responsibility required to maintain safety standards in campus labs. 

Thanks to the Collins and Kuriyan Labs for helping to ensure that “Safety is Part of Science!”

November 20, 2015

MCB Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development Daniel Rokhsar and collaborators shed light on how humans evolved the ability to bite, chew, swallow and speak through this fascinating marine worm genome sequencing effort.


November 20, 2015
Photo Credit: Peg Skorpinski

The Isacoff Lab has developed a new tool that aids our understanding of how G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are activated throughout the nervous system. This knowledge may assist in the development of drugs for the treatment of neurological disorders such as schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease and others.

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November 20, 2015

As the campus hosts its second annual Big Give fundraiser, we invite you to "think bigger" with MCB. Even a $10 donation will send the university a message that you support MCB's top-notch education and ground-breaking discoveries.

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November 19, 2015

The latest edition of the MCB Transcript is out! Online version is live -- meet new faculty, learn how we're tracking and tweaking things in the brain, and catch up on all the latest Molecular and Cell Biology news.

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November 18, 2015

Two new studies should give scientists who use CRISPR-Cas9 for genome engineering greater confidence that they won’t inadvertently edit the wrong DNA. What's CRISPR-Cas9? Watch Jennifer Doudna in this short video.


November 12, 2015

Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Jennifer Doudna and her collaborator, Emmanuelle Charpentier, have been named winners of the 2015 Massry Prize. They and fellow winner, Philippe Horvath, are all being recognized for significant contributions to biomedical science originating in studies of the immune system of bacteria.


November 09, 2015

Professor of Immunology and Pathogenesis Jeffery Cox has received a 2015 NIH Director's Pioneer Awards for his project "Host-Directed Strategies to Create Synergistic Antibacterial Therapies."

Part of the Common Fund's High-Risk, High-Reward Research program, the Pioneer Award supports individual scientists of exceptional creativity, who propose pioneering and transforming approaches to major challenges in biomedical and behavioral research.


November 04, 2015

In a collaboration between Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the Janelia Research Campus of HHMI, and the University of California, Berkeley, Assistant Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development, Xavier Darzacq will lead the Berkeley component of a large NIH grant they have received. Using specifically adapted powerful microscopes, the researchers hope to peer into living cells and reveal mechanisms that turn genes on and off in real time.


November 04, 2015

In a collaborative study, including researchers from USC and the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Adjunct Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Gary Karpen, helped to find a new function of the nuclear membrane — it fixes potentially fatal breaks in DNA strands. This study could lead to a better understanding of how and why organisms become more predisposed to cancer with age.


November 02, 2015

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Evan Miller, who is also faculty in the Department of Chemistry, recently received the Young Chemical Biologist Award from the International Chemical Biology Society at their annual meeting in Berlin. At the same meeting, he was a featured speaker in their "Rising Stars in Chemical Biology" session.

October 29, 2015

In their pursuit to better elucidate the functional circuits that comprise the neocortex, Assistant Professor of Neurobiology Hillel Adesnik and his team made a possibly paradigm shifting discovery. They recently published their findings in Nature Neuroscience.

October 26, 2015