Department News

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

More than 200 UC Berkeley postdocs, their family and friends, and members of the campus community gathered at the Bancroft Hotel to celebrate postdocs and their important contributions to the campus.

Postdocs offered their own expression of appreciation honoring Rebecca Heald, professor of molecular and cell biology, as the first recipient of the Faculty Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Mentoring.


September 30, 2010

University of California, Berkeley, researchers have taken genes from grass-eating fungi and stuffed them into yeast, creating strains that produce alcohol from tough plant material cellulose that normal yeast can't digest.

The feat could be a boon for the biofuels industry, which is struggling to make cellulosic ethanol ethanol from plant fiber, not just cornstarch or sugar economically feasible.

September 10, 2010

Karsten Weis, UC Berkeley professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, Jan Liphardt, a UC Berkeley professor of physics, and colleagues have traced with unprecedented resolution the paths of cargos moving through the nuclear pore complex (NPC), a selective nanoscale aperture that controls access to the cell's nucleus, and answered several key questions about its function.

September 01, 2010

Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Randy Schekman has been awarded the 2010 Massry Prize given by the Meira and Shaul G. Massry Foundation.

August 27, 2010

The Governing Board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the state stem cell agency created by proposition 71, today approved $25 million to fund 19 projects intended to overcome immune rejection of transplanted stem cells. Recipients included Professors of Immunology and Pathogenesis David Raulet and Ellen Robey.


June 23, 2010

Professors of biochemistry and molecular biology Susan Marqusee and Carlos Bustamante show in new research that, in T4 lysozyme ‰ÛÓ an enzyme related to one responsible for a form of amyloidosis ‰ÛÓ a subtle detail of topology ensures that the protein either folds all at once or not at all, avoiding dangerous intermediates.

June 07, 2010

Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Carolyn Bertozzi was awarded the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize for her achievements in biotechnology.


June 03, 2010

David J. Julius, now Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Physiology at UCSF, is the recipient of the $1 million Run Run Shaw Foundation Prize in Life Science and Medicine (see attached press release) for his work identifying the ion channels involved in various aspects of nociception (pain perception).

May 28, 2010

Jennifer Doudna and John Ngai, both UC Berkeley professors of molecular and cell biology, are among 78 grants announced today (Monday, May 10) by the foundation in the fourth funding round of Grand Challenges Explorations. The winning proposals, selected from almost 2,700 in this round alone, were submitted by scientists in 18 countries on six continents.

May 11, 2010

Professors of Genetics, Genomics and Development Tom Cline and Barbara Meyer are both 2010 recipients of Genetics Society of America (GSA) awards for distinguished service to the field of genetics. Professor Cline has been awarded the Edward Novitski Prize for exhibiting an extraordinary level of creativity and intellectual ingenuity in solving a significant problem in genetics.

May 04, 2010

A team of scientists, including Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development Richard Harland, are publishing the first genome sequence of an amphibian, the African clawed frog Xenopus tropicalis, filling in a major gap among the vertebrates sequenced to date.

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April 30, 2010

Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development Doug Koshland, who is officially joining MCB on July 1, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.  Members are elected to the National Academy in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

April 29, 2010

The third annual Genetics, Development and Molecular Evolution Supergroup Symposium will take place on Wednesday, May 19, 2010.  Details and free registration are available at the link below.

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April 26, 2010

Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology David Drubin and Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development Richard Harland have been elected as 2010 Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious honorary societies.


April 19, 2010

Professor Emeritus of Neurobiology Frank Werblin is the recipient of the Retina Research Foundation's 2010 Paul Kayser International Award in Retina Research. This honor is given every other year to one or more vision scientists who have made a significant contribution to knowledge about the retina or retinal disease. Please join us in congratulating Professor Werblin on receiving this prestigious award in recognition of his many important discoveries, which have advanced

April 12, 2010