Department News

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

HHMI Investigator and Professor of Neurobiology Yang Dan was recently interviewed in the Journal Neuron. She talks about the work being performed in her lab, her motivation, and the neural intricasies of sleep. 

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September 21, 2016

MCB Professor Rebecca Heald is studying the effects of genome size in amphibians, where larger genomes generate larger cells, organelles, and spindle apparatus sizes during cell division. Her research seeks to identify these “scaling factors” that regulate spindle sizes in other organisms as well.

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September 12, 2016

New research out from Professor Andrew Dillin's lab! "An intriguing finding in nematode worms suggests that having a little bit of extra fat may help reduce the risk of developing some neurodegenerative diseases, such as Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases."

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September 08, 2016

Professor of the Graduate School Robert Zucker is the 2017 recipient of the Sir Bernard Katz Award of the Exocytosis/Endocytosis Subgroup of the Biophysical Society. The award recognizes excellence in research and outstanding careers in the field of exocytosis/endocytosis. Dr. Zucker will give a talk at the upcoming annual meeting in February, 2017.  Read More...

September 08, 2016

MCB Adjunct Professor Gary Karpen and his team published a new study recently in the journal Nature Communications -- their findings could lead to a new biomarker for the early stages of tumor development.

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September 06, 2016

At noon on Monday, September 12, 2016 the campus will hold its annual memorial event to recognize the more than 57 faculty/academics, staff, students, emeriti faculty, and staff retirees who died this past year. This includes MCB Emeriti faculty R. David Cole, Walter Freeman, and Howard Schachman, and MCB staff member Erica Pederson.

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September 06, 2016

Matthew Akamatsu, a postdoctoral scholar in Professor David Drubin's lab, and Qingqing Wang, a postdoctoral scholar in Professor Donald Rio's lab, have been named 2016 Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows. This award program supports scholars with the highest potential for success in an independent academic career in chemistry and the life sciences.

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September 01, 2016

It's the start of a new year, and MCB welcomes all of its students. We wish everyone a great semester! Pictured below is the new incoming graduate student class for fall 2016.

August 29, 2016

"Like other structural biologists, Eva Nogales works in extraordinary times. The University of California, Berkeley, faculty member now has the tools to tackle important questions about cells' molecular machinery that would have been impossible to answer just a few years ago. A recent project with Berkeley colleague Jennifer Doudna, the molecular biologist who co-pioneered the CRISPR–Cas9 gene-editing method, is a case in point..."

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August 19, 2016

MCB Professor of the graduate school Howard Schachman passed away on Friday, August 5th at the age of 97. He was an influential biochemist who was dedicated to UC Berkeley. He continued teaching for MCB well after his retirement. The last class he was involved with was just this past spring.

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August 10, 2016

MCB Professor Eva Nogales has been given the distinguished honor of presenting the ASCB Keith Porter Lecture this December in San Francisco. The last MCB professor to give this talk was Randy Schekman back in 2005. Well deserved, Professor Nogales!

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August 03, 2016

MCB Professors Kathy Collins and James Hurley have been named 2016-2017 Bakar Program Fellows. Collins' fellowship is in the category Biotechnology and Health, and her project is titled "New Reverse Transcriptase Technologies", and Hurley's fellowship is in the Neuroscience category, entitled "Activating Autophagy to Fight Neurodegeneration."

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July 29, 2016

Sarah Hamilton joins the MCB Graduate Affairs Office just in time for the beginning of the new academic year. Next time you drop by the Graduate Student Services Office in the LSA, be sure to say "hi!"

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July 27, 2016

MCB Professor Jamie Cate's lab has "found a promising new drug target within that pathway that is appealing, in part, because it appears to control production of only a few percent of the body’s many proteins, those critical to regulating the growth and proliferation of cells."

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July 27, 2016

Have you seen the latest edition of the MCB Transcript? Learn what we've been up to from pioneering immunotherapeutics and vaccine research to global health initiatives. And read about our students and alumni, and watch some fun videos too! 

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July 25, 2016

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