Department News

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

Assistant Professor of Neurobiology Stephan Lammel was recently awarded a seed grant from the Brain Research Foundation for his project "Identifying input-specific mechanisms underlying drug-evoked plasticity in the dopamine system."


July 09, 2015

Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Christopher Chang has received the 2015 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists. He's been honored for his discoveries in chemistry that span both neuroscience and energy science.


June 30, 2015

Assistant Professor of Neurobiology Stephan Lammel was awarded the 2015 Regents' Junior Faculty Fellowship which is a competitive award on campus. It provides summer salary awards to junior faculty, allowing them to devote their time exclusively to research, independent study, or improving their teaching effectiveness.

June 26, 2015

Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Jennifer Doudna has been honored with the 2015 Gruber Genetics Prize along with her CrisprCAS9 collaborator, Emmanuelle Charpentier. The International Prize Program honors individuals whose groundbreaking work provides new models that inspire and enable fundamental shifts in knowledge and culture.


June 22, 2015

This summer brings change to MCB -- the Co-Chairs thank past division heads for their service and announce some new division, committee, and program heads.

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June 18, 2015

Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Diana Bautista's research identifies a serotonin receptor, HTR7, as a key mediator of eczema and other forms of itch.

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June 12, 2015

Two scientists in Molecular and Cell Biology have been recognized by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Polina Lishko has been selected as one of this year’s Pew Scholars, a program for investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. Postdoctoral Researcher Juan-Pablo Castillo (in Carlos Bustamante's lab) has been named a Pew Latin American Fellow.


June 12, 2015

An exciting new center has been established on campus to provide the technology and training required to make new optical tools accessible to the broad neuroscience community. MCB Professors Ehud Isacoff and G. Steven Martin were present to celebrate the grand opening.


June 11, 2015

The UC Berkeley Cancer Research Lab, a research unit associated with Molecular and Cell Biology, is joining the Cancer Research Institute to promote June as Cancer Immunotherapy Month.


June 05, 2015
Brar and Unal

Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Gloria Brar and Assistant Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development Elçin Ünal are 2015 recipients of Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Research Awards from the March of Dimes.


June 02, 2015

Professors Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier have been awarded the Princess of Asturias Award for their gene editing technology.  The Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research is given to those whose research findings and/or inventions represent an outstanding contribution to the progress and welfare of humanity. 


June 01, 2015
Glausinger and Martin

Associate Professors of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Britt Glaunsinger and Andreas Martin have been named as Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigators. HHMI investigators are considered to be among the nation’s top biomedical researchers and receive flexible financial support, including salary and research funding.


May 22, 2015

Professor of Neurobiology, Director of the Berkeley Stem Cell Center, and Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, David Schaffer, and others co-author a paper on how a kinase inhibitor rejuvenates stem cell function in both brain and muscle tissue.  


May 13, 2015

Read the New York Times profile of Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Jennifer Doudna. Well before the discovery of Crispr-CAS9, Doudna was already performing innovative RNA-related research.


May 11, 2015