Department News

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

Professors of biochemistry and molecular biology Susan Marqusee and Carlos Bustamante show in new research that, in T4 lysozyme ‰ÛÓ an enzyme related to one responsible for a form of amyloidosis ‰ÛÓ a subtle detail of topology ensures that the protein either folds all at once or not at all, avoiding dangerous intermediates.

June 07, 2010

Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Carolyn Bertozzi was awarded the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize for her achievements in biotechnology.


June 03, 2010

David J. Julius, now Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Physiology at UCSF, is the recipient of the $1 million Run Run Shaw Foundation Prize in Life Science and Medicine (see attached press release) for his work identifying the ion channels involved in various aspects of nociception (pain perception).

May 28, 2010

Jennifer Doudna and John Ngai, both UC Berkeley professors of molecular and cell biology, are among 78 grants announced today (Monday, May 10) by the foundation in the fourth funding round of Grand Challenges Explorations. The winning proposals, selected from almost 2,700 in this round alone, were submitted by scientists in 18 countries on six continents.

May 11, 2010

Professors of Genetics, Genomics and Development Tom Cline and Barbara Meyer are both 2010 recipients of Genetics Society of America (GSA) awards for distinguished service to the field of genetics. Professor Cline has been awarded the Edward Novitski Prize for exhibiting an extraordinary level of creativity and intellectual ingenuity in solving a significant problem in genetics.

May 04, 2010

A team of scientists, including Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development Richard Harland, are publishing the first genome sequence of an amphibian, the African clawed frog Xenopus tropicalis, filling in a major gap among the vertebrates sequenced to date.

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April 30, 2010

Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development Doug Koshland, who is officially joining MCB on July 1, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.  Members are elected to the National Academy in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

April 29, 2010

The third annual Genetics, Development and Molecular Evolution Supergroup Symposium will take place on Wednesday, May 19, 2010.  Details and free registration are available at the link below.

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April 26, 2010

Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology David Drubin and Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development Richard Harland have been elected as 2010 Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious honorary societies.


April 19, 2010

Professor Emeritus of Neurobiology Frank Werblin is the recipient of the Retina Research Foundation's 2010 Paul Kayser International Award in Retina Research. This honor is given every other year to one or more vision scientists who have made a significant contribution to knowledge about the retina or retinal disease. Please join us in congratulating Professor Werblin on receiving this prestigious award in recognition of his many important discoveries, which have advanced

April 12, 2010

The 2010-11 Molecular & Cell Biology GSI application is now available:

Make sure to review the Projected GSI needs as some of the courses requiring GSI's has changed from last year.

The application deadline is Monday April 19th and the Divisional GSI Advisers will meet in early May to make the assignments.

First time GSIs will be involved in mandatory GSI training so plan to be on campus in mid-late August.

April 02, 2010

Assistant Professor of Immunology and Pathogenesis Greg Barton is the 2010 recipient of the American Association of Immunologist (AAI) BD Biosciences Investigator Award. This award is presented to an early-career investigator who has made outstanding contributions to the field of immunology.


February 05, 2010

MCB Professor of Neurobiology, Mu-ming Poo has recently published a paper in Science addressing a fundamental question of neurodevelopment about how neurons become polarized -- i.e. how growing neurites in a young neuron decide whether to become an axon or a dendrite. His group showed that reciprocal interactions between intracellular signaling cascades underlie this event.


February 01, 2010

Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology David Bilder will receive the 2010 Harland Winfield Mossman Award in Developmental Biology and present an award lecture on ‰ÛÏFunction Follows Form: Linking Epithelial Polarity, Growth Control, and Morphogenesis in Drosophila‰Û during the Young Investigator Symposium at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Anatomists (AAA)/Experimental Biology (EB) 2010.


January 15, 2010

The Cell & Developmental Biology Division is hosting a one-day Symposium on Non-coding RNA on March 23, 2010.  Information about the schedule, speakers and free registration are available by following the link below.

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December 11, 2009