Department News

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

The Cell & Developmental Biology Division will be holding their annual spring symposium on "Autophagy in cellular homeostasis, development, and disease" on Saturday, March 21, 2015.


March 03, 2015

Doudna's research group unlocks the key to how bacteria "steal" genetic information from viruses and other foreign invaders for use in their own immunological memory system. The paper in Nature is titled “Integrase-mediated spacer acquisition during CRISPR–Cas adaptive immunity.” The lead author is James Nuñez, a member of Doudna’s UC Berkeley research group.


March 03, 2015

Assistant Professor of Neurobiology Helen Bateup and Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Polina Lishko were among the nine young UC Berkeley faculty members awarded the 2015 Sloan Research Fellowships -- coveted grants for scientists and scholars at the beginning of their academic careers.

February 24, 2015

Professor of Neurobiology David Schaffer, along with Irina Conboy, has received a QB3 Bridging the Gap Award from the Rogers Family Foundation.

February 10, 2015

The campus celebrated the launch of the Innovative Genomics Initiative (IGI), a partnership between UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco researchers and the biopharmaceutical industry to perfect new gene-editing techniques and apply them to drug development and global health in general.


February 09, 2015

Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology David Weisblat has received the UC Berkeley Leon A. Henkin Citation for Distinguished Service, along with Professor Denise Herd of the School of Public Health.

February 04, 2015

Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Eva Nogales has received the 2015 Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Award from The Protein Society. The award is granted in recognition of exceptional contributions in protein science which profoundly influence our understanding of biology.

From the Protein Society Website...

January 28, 2015

2013 Nobel Prize winner, Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Randy Schekman was selected to give the inaugural Capstone Seminar for the new BBS, CDB and GGD divisional seminar series. The video of his seminar is now available to view online.

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January 27, 2015

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Nicholas Ingolia and Assistant Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development Elçin Ünal have been named as two of six winners of the 2015 Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award for early career scientists doing novel research into cancer.


January 23, 2015

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Roberto Zoncu, who was previously selected as a 2014 Pew-Stewart Scholar for Cancer Research, is the subject of a research profile by the Pew Charitable Trusts site.

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December 19, 2014

Research by Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development Nipam Patel on how butterflies can color their wings with pigmentless "structural color" is featured on KQED Science.


December 18, 2014

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Li Ka Shing Chancellor's Chair in Biomedical and Health Sciences and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Jennifer Doudna has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.


December 16, 2014

Professors of Neurobiology Ehud Isacoff and  John Flannery have published research on a new genetic therapy that restores light-sensitivity to blind mice and dogs.


December 09, 2014

The Fall 2014 edition of the MCB Transcript newsletter is now available, including research profiles of the following new faculty members: Nicholas Ingolia, Gloria Brar, Elçin Ünap, Dirk Hockemeyer, and Roberto Zoncu.

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November 26, 2014

Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Diana Bautista has been presented with a Young Investigator Award by the Society for Neuroscience.


November 17, 2014