Department News

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

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
Neuron

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

Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Jennifer Doudna, who is also a biochemist with Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging (MBIB) division, has been at the forefront of unlocking CRISPR/Cas secrets — and her team has just unlocked another!

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October 23, 2015

Joshua Levitz, a ​recent Biophysics Graduate Program PhD from Professor Ehud Isacoff's Lab in the MCB Department of at the University of California, Berkeley, has been recognized by the Society for Neuroscience with the 2015 Nemko Prize in Cellular or Molecular Neuroscience.

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October 20, 2015

MCB Professors Ehud IsacoffKristin Scott, and Hillel Adesnik were awarded $2 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to create and validate novel tools to measure neuronal activity, connectivity, and synaptic strength in defined neuron types. 

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October 20, 2015

Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Kathy Collins, in collaboration with researchers at UCLA, has produced the clearest image of telomerase to date. This enzyme plays a significant role in aging and most cancers, but until recently many aspects of the enzyme’s structure could not be clearly seen.

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October 16, 2015

HHMI Investigator and Professor of Neurobiology, Yang Dan, is lead author of an article printed in the British journal Nature describing the discovery of a neural switch that can stimulate nerve cells in the medulla region of the brain and activate REM sleep.  

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October 15, 2015

Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Gloria Brar was one of only 41 faculty in the nation to receive the prestigious NIH Director's 2015 New Innovator Award. The project she'll be working on is "Dissecting the Roles of Pervasive Short ORFs in Meiosis."

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October 07, 2015

Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Jennifer Doudna, who invented a gene-editing tool that has taken the research world by storm, was named one of five laureates of the 2016 L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Awards in the field of life sciences.

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October 07, 2015

Listen to the BBC Natural Histories Radio Feature "Anenome" that features Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development Daniel Rokhsar. The show highlights how Rokhsar and his team conducted the first analysis of the genome of the sea anemone, which revealed it to be nearly as complex as the human genome.

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October 07, 2015

The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology is soliciting applications for a faculty position in Cellular and Molecular Physiology at the level of Assistant Professor (tenure track). We seek applicants studying how communication within and between cells supports physiological function and enables cells, tissues, and organisms to respond to changes in their environment and maintain homeostasis.

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October 02, 2015

The MCB Scientific Facilities will be hosting an open house and vendor show for the campus research community on Thursday, October 8th from 4-6pm on the 3rd floor of Barker Hall. As these are campus recharge facilities, any students and/or researchers on campus are welcome.

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October 01, 2015

Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development Nipam Patel will be presenting a free public lecture, "The Physics and Development of Beauty: Structural Colors in Butterflies," on Homecoming. All are welcome! Saturday, October 3rd, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Alumni House on the Berkeley campus.

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September 28, 2015

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Ahmet Yildiz has received the American Society for Cell Biology's ASCB-Gibco Emerging Leaders Prize. He is recognized for advancing the field of single molecule biophysics, including his work on understanding the mechanism of the motor protein dynein and maintenance of chromosomes' telomeres.

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September 25, 2015

The Intellectual Property and Science division of Thomson Reuters has named Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Jennifer Doudna as a citation laureate for her development of the CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing method.

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September 25, 2015

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