Department News

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

The Intellectual Property and Science division of Thomson Reuters has named Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Jennifer Doudna as a citation laureate for her development of the CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing method.


September 25, 2015

A new book is the result of a collaborative effort between UC Berkeley faculty in the departments of Molecular & Cell Biology and Integrative Biology. Size Control in Biology: From Organelles to Organisms, from Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology, examines our current understanding of the intrinsic and extrinsic mechanisms that precisely regulate the sizes of biological structures so that they can function efficiently in their cellular, organismal, or ecological context.

Dr. Rebecca Heald and Dr. Iswar Hariharan from MCB, and Dr. David Wake from IB edited the book and contributed two chapters. Dr. Marvalee Wake from IB and UC Berkeley alumni contributed as co-authors.


September 17, 2015

MCB Lecturer of Immunology, research scientist, and co-PI, P. Robert Beatty, is lead author on a recent paper published in Science Translational Medicine. His research identified novel effects of a key dengue virus protein, nonstructural protein 1 (NS1), that is secreted by infected cells and circulates throughout the bloodstream. 


September 15, 2015

James P. Allison has just received the 2015 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award for the discovery and development of a monoclonal antibody therapy that unleashes T Cells to fight cancer -- work he did in the 1990s while a Professor in the UCB Department of Molecular & Cell Biology.

Read more about how the project began with mechanistic studies by then MCB graduate student Max Krummel, and about the first experiments directly showing the potential of the approach that were done by then postdoctoral fellow Dana Leach -- all supported by Berkeley's Cancer Research Lab.

September 09, 2015

Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology, Christopher Chang, and collaborators have taken a promising new material that captures and stores carbon dioxide and altered it to convert the captured carbon into a chemical useful to industry.


September 01, 2015

Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, Polina Lishko, is being recognized by the Biophysical Society for her pioneering and creative work in the field of sperm physiology and innovative application of technologies. 


August 31, 2015

We are proud to announce our annual recipients of the MCB Outstanding Postdoctoral Fellow Awards. Each year, the department honors five postdocs (one in each division) for excellence in research, contributions to the division and department, mentoring and outreach. 


August 27, 2015

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology recently announced its 2016 Awards, including Howard Hughes Investigator and UC Berkeley Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Eva Nogales, who received the Mildred Cohn Award in Biological Chemistry, and also a visiting scientist currently on sabbatical leave in the Thorner lab, Associate Professor Christer S. Ejsing from the University of Southern Denmark, who received the Walter A. Shaw Young Investigator Award in Lipid Research.


August 17, 2015

An international team of scientists, co-led by Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development Daniel Rokhsar, and scientists from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) and the University of Chicago, have revealed the secrets hidden in the genome of an octopus.


August 14, 2015

The Department welcomes back Dr. Michael Marletta as Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology. Marletta's research lies at the interface of chemistry and biology with a particular emphasis on the study of protein function and enzyme reaction mechanisms and a focus on molecular answers to complex functions in biology.


August 07, 2015

The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology is thrilled to announce that Dr. Jeffery S. Cox will be joining the MCB faculty as a Professor of Immunology & Pathogenesis. Dr. Cox will hold a secondary affiliation with the Division of Cell and Developmental Biology.


August 06, 2015

Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Eva Nogales and her research group have produced an atomic view of microtubules that enabled them to identify the crucial role played by a family of end-binding (EB) proteins in regulating microtubule dynamic instability.


August 05, 2015

It's a new era in genome engineering! A one-day symposium hosted by the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences at Berkeley and the Innovative Genomics Initiative. The symposium is being held on August 24, 2015 at Li Ka Shing. Contact Jan Ambrosini with questions:


July 30, 2015

KQED Science asks Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Christopher Chang "How Do You Make Greener Fuel?" Chang's answer: it's a Frankenstein experiment -- if Frankenstein was solar power.

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July 28, 2015

Andrew Lane, a UC Berkeley post-doctoral fellow, and Flora Lamson Hewlett Chair and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Rebecca Heald, developed a new technology in order to track chromosomes in real-time in living samples during mitosis.


July 27, 2015