Sophomores Nissma Bencheikh (intended MCB major) and Roaya Jannatipour (intended IB major) became fast friends at Berkeley their freshman year. But it turns out they had a lot more in common than their love for biology!
Below are articles from various sources about members of MCB and their research.
The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute (HWNI) are soliciting applications for an Open-Level (tenure-track or tenured) faculty position in Neurobiology. The position will be at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level and rank will be determined on qualifications and experience. The expected start date is July 1, 2018.
The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, is soliciting applications for a faculty position in the area of Host/Microbe Interactions at the level of Assistant Professor (tenure track). We seek applicants who are studying how interactions with microbes shape the biology (at all levels) of animals and other eukaryotes. The expected start date is July 1, 2018.
MCB would like to welcome the incoming graduate student class for Fall 2017. Here's to new beginnings!
Incoming MCB Graduate Student Class of 2017
New research from MCB Assistant Professor Dirk Hockemeyer has revealed more precisely the role of telomeres and telomerase in aging and cell immortalization.
Hockemeyer’s research could lead to the development of novel methods of cancer treatment, targeting cancerous cells that have exploited telomerase to divide indefinitely.
Professor Jennifer Doudna was one of five distiniguished researchers honored with the Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine for her discovery of CRISPR-Cas9, a remarkable gene editing system that has been called the “discovery of the century.”
MCB Assistant Professor Evan Miller, who is also faculty in the College of Chemistry, is the recipient of the NeuroNex Innovation Award for research on Chemical and Genetic Methods to Measure and Manipulate Neurons with Light.
"UC Berkeley researchers have discovered how Cas1-Cas2, the proteins responsible for the ability of the CRISPR immune system in bacteria to adapt to new viral infections, identify the site in the genome where they insert viral DNA so they can recognize it later and mount an attack."
Amy Shyer, a Miller postdoctoral fellow in the Harland lab, former UC Visiting Scholar Alan Rodrigues, and others discover that traction and resistance are key to cellular self organization in the skin. Their findings could lead to advanced tissue engineering for skin grafts complete with hair follicles and sweat pores.
"With one eye on potential bioterrorism threats, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency today announced $65 million in funding to seven projects around the country – including one led by UC Berkeley – to improve the safety and accuracy of gene editing."
MCB Professor Ehud Isacoff and a team of scientists received funding from DARPA to develp neural optical devices allowing 2-way communication in the brain utilizing light, a miniaturized microscope and 3D holograms. The research could eventually provide a way to compensate for visual or tactile deficits in humans.