Department News

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

An international research consortium led by MCB scientists in the Harland and Rokhsar Labs, along with researchers at the University of Tokyo, "reports a striking pattern of genome duplication in the African clawed frog Xenopus laevis. The team showed that the frog’s genome arose through interspecific hybridizations of two now-extinct species between 15 and 20 million years ago."


October 20, 2016

Assistant Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development Elcin Unal is the recipient of a 2016 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director's New Innovator Award for her work on "Illuminating Cellular Aging Pathways through Gametogenesis."


October 18, 2016

Assistant Professor of Neurobiology Stephen Brohawn is a recipient of a 2016 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director's New Innovator Award, designed to support exceptionally creative new investigators who propose innovative projects that have the potential for unusually high impact.


October 17, 2016

HHMI Investigator and Professor of Genetics, Genomics, and Development Barbara Meyer was once again elected to the Genetics Society of America (GSA) Board of Directors. Professor Meyer wiill serve as the 2017 Vice-President and 2018 President of GSA. 


October 14, 2016

Associate Professors of Cell and Developmental Biology, Diana Bautista and Lin He were named 2016 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Faculty Scholars through a collaboration between HHMI, the Simons Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Scholars are recognized for their potential to make unique contributions to their fields.  


October 13, 2016

As part of the Bay Area Science Festival, the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute (HWNI) and Science@Cal are holding a celebration of science and art called "Vision + Light: Extending the Senses."

October 27 & 28
5:30 to 8:30pm
Energy Biosciences Building (2151 Berkeley Way)
FREE with light refreshments


October 12, 2016

MCB and Chemical Engineering Professor David Schaffer collaborated with HHMI scientists to develop a powerful new viral vector that can deliver genetically-encoded neural activity sensors in the brain. This tool provides a new opportunity to observe the structures of neural networks on a larger scale, as well as the specific role of projection neurons in neural networks.


October 07, 2016

A team of researchers led by MCB Professor and HHMI Investigator Michael Rape has found that in addition to its importance for bone strength, calcium has a major role as a signal molecule that regulates bone formation and growth at a cellular level. This finding could help locate and correct erroneous signals during bone growth that lead to bone abnormalities.

MCB Associate Professor Diana Bautista and MCB Professor and HHMI Investigator Randy Schekman co-authored this study.

October 06, 2016
Betzig and Ji

The Department of Molecular & Cell Biology welcomes Professor Eric Betzig and Associate Professor Na Ji, who will be joining us in the summer of 2017. Betzig was awarded the Nobel prize in 2014 for developing super-resolution fluorescence microscopy, which allows scientists to look inside cells and visualize the pathways of individual molecules, including those involved in disease. Ji studies optical imaging technology development and its application in neurobiology.


September 27, 2016
UC Berkeley College of Letters & Science

The East West Alliance, a global network of universities and medical schools supported by the Li Ka Shing Foundation, annually supports a symposium at one of the participating institutions. The 2016 symposium will be held at UC Berkeley, Sunday, October 30 through Tuesday, November 1, on the theme "Frontiers in Health Research".

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September 22, 2016
Priscilla and Marck Zuckerberg

The new $600 million Chan Zuckerberg Biohub will bring together research powerhouses UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco and Stanford University in a medical science research center headquartered near UCSF's Mission Bay campus. It will provide flexible laboratory space, the latest technological tools, and funding for high impact exploratory projects.


September 22, 2016

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. 


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.


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."


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