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

August 19, 2019

MCB Professor of Immunology and Pathogenesis Russell Vance was recently interviewed by Elie Diner of Slide-Talk about key postdoc interview and presentation tips.




August 13, 2019

MCB affiliated and Plant & Microbial Biology Professor Arash Komeili has joined the ranks of the Bakar Fellows, a program that provides up to 5 years of funding for faculty whose STEM innovations can translate to valuable commercial solutions and stimulate California's economy.


August 09, 2019

MCB Professor Gary Firestone was awarded the Beckman Foundation’s Pyramid Award last week at the annual Beckman Symposium. The award recognizes his efforts starting, organizing, and revising the Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship program from 2014–2019.


August 01, 2019

Congratulations to MCB Professor James Hurley for being presented with a Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) Award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)!

This honor is in recognition of his work on the mechanism of HIV release from cells by ESCRT complexes.


July 17, 2019

Congratulations to Daniel Nomura on his promotion to MCB Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology!



July 12, 2019

We are excited to officially welcome new faculty member Srigokul ‘Gokul’ Upadhyayula to MCB! Upadyayula joins MCB as an Assistant Professor in Residence in the Division of Cell & Developmental Biology and is the first Scientific Director of the Advanced Bioimaging Center (ABC, formerly the Advanced Imaging Center) on campus.


July 09, 2019

Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Robert Glaeser on being awarded the 2019–20 Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professorship!

This annual University of California award recognizes teaching, research, and public service. Glaeser is an international reference point for the physical and technical understanding of electron diffraction and imaging, as well as for his knowledge concerning biological radiation damage. Over the course of his career, he has mentored students and postdocs that have gone on to become leaders in the cryo-electron microscopy field.


July 08, 2019

Nomura & Zoncu

New research from the labs of MCB Assistant Professor Roberto Zoncu & MCB, Chemistry, and NST Associate Professor Dan Nomura reveals a newly-discovered small-molecule activator of autophagy called EN6. This research, published in Nature Chemical Biology, reveals a unique approach for enhancing autophagy, which may have implications for the development of novel therapeutics in the future.

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June 28, 2019

Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our most recent PhD graduates and welcoming them as important members of the MCB alumni community!


June 20, 2019


A new study co-authored by MCB Professor Gary Karpen describes how the human DNA in centromeres, the central areas of chromosomes, has survived largely unchanged for hundreds of thousands of years.

Because they do not participate in the “crossover” process that occurs when cells divide to form sperm or eggs, centromeres may preserve very ancient stretches of DNA. The researchers found that some DNA at our centromeres may have originated in populations of Neanderthals and ancestral hominids from before modern humans migrated out of Africa.

This research may also provide a way of better understanding the functional importance of chromosomal crossover in sexually-reproducing organisms.