Department News

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

Biological Sciences Launches Post Grad Career Site

Located under the new Career Management tab on the MCB home page is a new resource for biomedical post grads. It includes a Jobs

January 25, 2007

Cell & Developmental Biology Professor Rebecca Heald has been awarded one of thirteen 2006 NIH Pioneer Awards, which provides $2.5 million over five years to support "high-risk" research.
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September 22, 2006

The Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute, with participation from MCB and other departments, is currently recruiting for two faculty positions. Details are available here.

September 14, 2006

Former MCB Graduate Student Dr. Tracy Johnson has been selected as a 2005 recipient of the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

Dr. Johnson received her Ph.D. from the MCB Department in 1996 after completing her thesis research on RNA binding to RNA Polymerase II in Professor Michael Chamberlain's lab. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of California, San Diego.

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August 03, 2006
The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology is sponsoring a symposium to honor the contributions of Professor Nicholas R. Cozzarelli on Saturday, June 10 in 100 GPBT.

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May 17, 2006

David Presti, a senior lecture of Neurobiology, has been awarded the 2006 Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Teaching by a group of student organization including the ASUC and the Daily Cal.

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Berkeley Newscenter Article

April 25, 2006

Faculty, post-docs, and students are invited to participate in and contribute to the first international UC Berkeley evolutionary developmental biology conference beginning May 31, 2006. The meeting is being organized by graduate students of Integrative Biology and Molecular & Cell Biology.

Inspired by the integration of evolution and development research programs within these departments, the meeting will highlight Berkeley's new Center for Integrative Genomics and include multiple non-concurrent symposia covering a wide range of evolutionary developmental biology topics.

April 14, 2006

The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology is home to many talented undergraduate students. Among those who have been recently recognized by the University are Amar Kishan and Nicole Swann.

Nicole Swann has been named one of five finalists for the 2006 University Medal which is awarded every year to the the most distinguished graduating senior on the Berkeley campus.

April 14, 2006

Assitant Professor In-Residence Abby Dernburg has been awarded the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Scholar Award.

April 10, 2006
Professor Jasper Rine has been named as one of twenty Howard Hughes Medical Professors. Along with the title comes an award of one million dollars for the purpose of revising the curriculum for the general biology laboratory.

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April 06, 2006

Berkeley has been chosen to host a new NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program for Summer 2006. For more information and to apply see the NSF REU site.

February 16, 2006

The Cell & Developmental Biology Division will be holding their spring symposium on "Frontiers in Chromosome Biology" Monday, March 27, 2006.

For program and registration infomation please visit the CDB Spring Symposium Website.

January 25, 2006

Seven MCB faculty members have been cited by students as "heroes" for going above and beyond their jobs.

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January 23, 2006
The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute are seeking candidates with a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degrees for a joint faculty position in neuroscience at the level of tenure-track Assistant Professor. Research areas of particular interest include cellular, molecular, developmental, and system/computational neuroscience.

The successful candidate is expected to join the faculty beginning July 1, 2006, or thereafter.

October 12, 2005

Two Assistant Professors in Molecular & Cell Biology, Lu Chen (Neurobiology) and Nicole King (Genetics, Genomics & Development), have been named as prestigious MacArthur "genius" fellows for 2005.

MacArthur fellows are selected for their "creativity, originality, and potential" and are awarded $500,000 over 5 years with unrestricted usage.

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September 20, 2005