Department News

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

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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November 12, 2015

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