Department News

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

Professor Emeritus of Immunology Robert Isaac Mishell, MD died of heart failure on March 6, 2008 at the age of 73. Co-author of 45 publications, he invented the Mishell-Dutton culture technique in 1967 which is still in use today.



Robert Isaac Mishell, MD
May 18, 1934 - March 6, 2008

March 13, 2008

The 2008 CDB Spring Symposium on the Cell Biology of Microbial Pathogenesis will be held on Tuesday, March 25th, 2008, in 2050 Valley Life Sciences Building. Visit the symposium website for information and registration.

March 06, 2008
Howard Schachman, has been selected by the UC Berkeley Emeritus Association (UCBEA) as its Distinguished Emeritus of the Year. The UCBEA noted that Professor Schachman's "...contributions to science since his retirement are staggering...". A public celebration of this recognition will be planned for the future.


January 22, 2008
May 28 - May 30, 2008, Berkeley, CA

We are pleased to announce the Integrating Evolution, Development and Genomics (IEDG) 2008 conference. This student-organized meeting is the second iteration of the evo-devo meeting held at UC Berkeley in May 2006.

Register now for this exciting, upcoming conference!

January 14, 2008
Michael Rape has been chosen to receive a $1.5M National Institutes of Health New Innovator Award.

Michael is one of 29 recipients of these awards which will be announced Wednesday, September 19, 2007, in Washington, D.C..

For additional information, please see the press release >

September 19, 2007

On August 10, 2007, the campus community lost Robert (Bob) K. Mortimer, one of its kindest, most generous, members who is justly credited as being the father of his field. Bob’s pioneering work led to thousands of scientific careers dedicated to the study of that glorious microbe, the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, responsible for such pleasures of life as beer, bread, wine.

August 27, 2007

Eminent biochemist Daniel E. Koshland Jr., former editor of the journal Science and a tireless booster of the biological sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, died Monday, July 23, 2007 following a massive stroke. Koshland, a long time professor of Molecular & Cell Biology at UC Berkeley and a resident of Lafayette, Calif., was 87.

July 24, 2007

Professors of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Jennifer Doudna and Carolyn Bertozzi, along with the Berkeley Health Sciences Initiative (HSI), will share a $1.8 million gift from Gilead Sciences, Inc over the next four years.

For additional information see the press release at

July 18, 2007

The first analysis of the genome of the sea anemone shows it to be nearly as complex as the human genome, and researchers say it provides major insights into the common ancestor of not only humans and sea anemones, but of nearly all multi-celled animals.

July 18, 2007

Professor G. Steven Martin became Chair and Professor Michael Botchan became co-Chair on July 1, 2007. In addition, the Department welcomes three new division heads: John Kuriyan for BMB, Michael Levine for GGD, and Ehud Isacoff for Neurobiology. Division Heads Astar Winoto in Immunology, and David Drubin in CDB will remain in their current roles.

July 06, 2007

Amar Kishan, a spring 2007 graduate in Neurobiology, was one of five undergraduates in the running for the University Medal this year, and one of four finalists. He was also awarded this year's MCB Departmental Citation, which represents the highest achievement by a graduating senior in the MCB Department, not only in terms of overall grade point average, but also in major course work, the quality of research, and such other factors that indicate promise of great success in the student's career.

June 05, 2007

Jeremy Thorner, in company with the likes of former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, Google Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt and UC Berkeley alumna and chef Alice Waters, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

More details >

May 14, 2007

Matthew D. Welch has been selected to receive the American Association of AnatomistsÌâ‰Ûªs 2007 R.R. Bensley Award in Cell Biology. This award is presented annually for Ìâ‰ÛÏdistinguished contribution to the advancement of anatomy, through discovery, ingenuity, and publications in the field of cell biology.

The press release is available here

April 26, 2007

Professor Jeffery Winer has been selected as a recipient of the 2007 Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentorship of GSIs. This award recognizes faculty who have provided GSIs outstanding mentorship in teaching at Berkeley. Professor Winer was selected for the award based on nominations submitted by GSIs from MCB.

April 09, 2007

Professor Caroline Kane has been selected as recipient of the 2007 Chancellor's Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence. Professor Kane is among four distinguished recipients of this award from across the campus.

March 28, 2007