Department News

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

Amar Kishan, a spring 2007 graduate in Neurobiology, was one of five undergraduates in the running for the University Medal this year, and one of four finalists. He was also awarded this year's MCB Departmental Citation, which represents the highest achievement by a graduating senior in the MCB Department, not only in terms of overall grade point average, but also in major course work, the quality of research, and such other factors that indicate promise of great success in the student's career.

June 05, 2007

Jeremy Thorner, in company with the likes of former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, Google Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt and UC Berkeley alumna and chef Alice Waters, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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May 14, 2007

Matthew D. Welch has been selected to receive the American Association of AnatomistsÌâ‰Ûªs 2007 R.R. Bensley Award in Cell Biology. This award is presented annually for Ìâ‰ÛÏdistinguished contribution to the advancement of anatomy, through discovery, ingenuity, and publications in the field of cell biology.

The press release is available here

April 26, 2007

Professor Jeffery Winer has been selected as a recipient of the 2007 Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentorship of GSIs. This award recognizes faculty who have provided GSIs outstanding mentorship in teaching at Berkeley. Professor Winer was selected for the award based on nominations submitted by GSIs from MCB.

April 09, 2007

Professor Caroline Kane has been selected as recipient of the 2007 Chancellor's Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence. Professor Kane is among four distinguished recipients of this award from across the campus.

March 28, 2007

MCB Assistant Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology Michael Rape has been awarded the Kimmel Scholars Award. This award provides $100,000 per year for two years for young investigators engaged in cancer-related research.

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March 16, 2007

To faculty, postdocs and students in MCB:

On Tuesday March 27 the Division of Cell and Development Biology and the UCB Stem Cell Center will be co-sponsoring a one-day symposium on "Frontiers in Tumor Biology".

We have a great lineup of speakers and you can download a pdf poster advertising the meeting here.

March 02, 2007

MCB graduate students Carolyn Phillips and Gianna Hammer have received the 2007 Harold M. Weintraub award.

Gianna completed her Ph.D. in the Fall semester in the Nilabh Shastri lab working on antigen processing in the endoplasmic reticulum. Carolyn will complete her Ph.D this semester in the Dernburg lab working on understanding fundamental mechanisms of chromosome segregation.

February 26, 2007
Biological Sciences Launches Post Grad Career Site

Located under the new Career Management tab on the MCB home page is a new resource for biomedical post grads. It includes a Jobs

January 25, 2007

Cell & Developmental Biology Professor Rebecca Heald has been awarded one of thirteen 2006 NIH Pioneer Awards, which provides $2.5 million over five years to support "high-risk" research.
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September 22, 2006

The Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute, with participation from MCB and other departments, is currently recruiting for two faculty positions. Details are available here.

September 14, 2006

Former MCB Graduate Student Dr. Tracy Johnson has been selected as a 2005 recipient of the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

Dr. Johnson received her Ph.D. from the MCB Department in 1996 after completing her thesis research on RNA binding to RNA Polymerase II in Professor Michael Chamberlain's lab. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of California, San Diego.

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August 03, 2006
The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology is sponsoring a symposium to honor the contributions of Professor Nicholas R. Cozzarelli on Saturday, June 10 in 100 GPBT.

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May 17, 2006

David Presti, a senior lecture of Neurobiology, has been awarded the 2006 Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Teaching by a group of student organization including the ASUC and the Daily Cal.

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Berkeley Newscenter Article

April 25, 2006

Faculty, post-docs, and students are invited to participate in and contribute to the first international UC Berkeley evolutionary developmental biology conference beginning May 31, 2006. The meeting is being organized by graduate students of Integrative Biology and Molecular & Cell Biology.

Inspired by the integration of evolution and development research programs within these departments, the meeting will highlight Berkeley's new Center for Integrative Genomics and include multiple non-concurrent symposia covering a wide range of evolutionary developmental biology topics.

April 14, 2006