Department News

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

It is with sadness that we announce the death of our Professor Emerita of Plant & Microbial Biology Sydney Kustu. Dr. Kustu studied the regulation of nitrogen metabolism in bacteria and was affiliated with the MCB department for several years.

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March 26, 2014

Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Jennifer Doudna is the focus of a research profile titled "Crispr Goes Global" on the UC Berkeley Research site.

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March 26, 2014

Sarah Wilson, a graduate student in Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Diana Bautista's lab, has been awarded the Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in Graduate Studies.

March 05, 2014

Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Jennifer Doudna has been awarded the 2014 Lurie Prize in the Biomedical Sciences from the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.

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February 25, 2014

Research by Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Diana Bautista was featured in an article about itching in the New York Times.

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February 19, 2014

Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology James Hurley is the recipient of the 2014 Hans Neurath Award awarded by the Protein Society. This award is given to an individual who has made "a recent contribution of unusual merit to basic research in the field of protein science."

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February 19, 2014

It is with sadness that we announce the Professor Emeritus of Neurobiology Harold Lecar passed away on February 4, 2014.

February 05, 2014

Department Co-Chair and C.H. Li Distinguished Professor Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development Richard Harland is the 2014 recipient of the Conklin medal from the Society of Developmental Biology.

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January 31, 2014

Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Carolyn Bertozzi has been elected to the rank of Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) for 2013.

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December 10, 2013

The City of El Cerrito, California, has declared December 10, 2013 as "Randy Schekman Day" in honor of Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Randy Schekman, a town resident.

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December 08, 2013

It is with regret that we announce that Professor Emeritus of Genetics, Genomics and Development James Fristrom passed away on October 29, 2013.

November 01, 2013

Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Jeremy Thorner will be awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Genetics Society of America (GSA) at their 2014 Yeast Genetics Meeting.

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October 25, 2013

Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development Jasper Rine has been elected as the 2014 Vice-President and 2015 President of the Genetics Society of America (GSA).

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October 18, 2013

Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Randy Schekman has been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on the transport of vesicles within cells. The prize was awarded jointly with James E. Rothman and Thomas C. Südhof.


Professor Schekman received his award and gave his Nobel acceptance speech on December 10, 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden.

October 07, 2013

Assistant Professor of Neurobiology Hillel Adesnik and Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology David Savage or both recipients of 2013 NIH Director's New Innovator Awards. This award support investigators who are within 10 years of their terminal degree conduct exceptionally innovative research.

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September 30, 2013

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