Department News

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

Assistant Professor Stephen Brohawn was named one of three 2017 New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) Robertson Neuroscience Investigators from around the world, enabling him to pursue high-risk/high-reward research focusing on how the nervous system senses and responds to physical forces. 

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November 08, 2017

MCB Professor Susan Marqusee received Stanford Medicine Alumni Association’s 2017 Arthur Kornberg and Paul Berg Lifetime Achievement Award in Biomedical Sciences for her outstanding achievements in medicine and bioscience.

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November 01, 2017

MCB Professor Nipam Patel's film "Squid: Coming to Life" was recognized at the 10th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival that was held in New York this month. His film won "runner up" in the Scientific Merit Award category. This award is given by a jury to the film that exemplifies science in storytelling and narrative filmmaking in a compelling, credible and inspiring manner.

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October 26, 2017

MCB Professor of Neurobiology John Ngai will lead the UC Berkeley team as one of six Principal Investigators collaborating on the Allen Institute for Brain Science's National Institutes of Health (NIH) BRAIN Initiative Cell Census grant. Their collective efforts will create an atlas of cell types in the mouse brain to serve as a basis for understanding how the human brain functions in health and disease.

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October 24, 2017

Thanks to all faculty, staff, and researchers that attended our annual picnic this year!

October 20, 2017

What happens when academia and industry come together to share their passion for innovation and discovery? This synergy was sparked at the MCB Industrial Affiliates Program (IAP) inaugural symposium. 

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October 10, 2017

A group of UC researchers received funding to build the NexGen 7T functional MRI (fMRI) that will "provide the highest resolution images of the brain ever obtained, able to focus on a region the size of a poppy seed."

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October 09, 2017

MCB Professor David Bilder contributed this piece to the New York Times, expressing the beauty and importance of basic research -- and how critical it is to continue the government's support of it.

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October 06, 2017

Assistant Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development Hernan Garcia and Assistant Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Jacob Corn received New Innovator Awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The award supports highly creative, innovative research that could have implications for human health.

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October 05, 2017

A study co-authored by MCB and Chemistry Professor, and HHMI Investigator, Jennifer Doudna details a safer and more effective method of delivering CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology.

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October 04, 2017

We have just learned that MCB Emeritus Professor Satyabrata Nandi passed away on July 29th, 2017 in his home in Berkeley at the age of 86. He received his PhD from UC Berkeley in 1957, and ultimately joined us as a faculty member. His career in cancer research and teaching spanned over 40 years and he is still remembered fondly in the department.  

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October 04, 2017

The lab of MCB Associate Professor Michelle Chang has engineered E. coli to manufacture bioplastics from inorganic fluorides. The product is more durable than non-fluorinated commercial bioplastics, which could make bioplastic production more sustainable.

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September 28, 2017

A study co-authored by Associate Professor of MCB and Physics Ahmet Yildiz has revealed a critical region within the Cas9 protein that can be manipulated to improve its target specificity. This has the potential to greatly reduce the risk of inaccurate edits, a key consideration for the future of gene therapy in humans.

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September 20, 2017

4D Molecular Therapeutics, co-founded by MCB & BioEngineering Professor David Schaffer has received $3 million in funding from Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics Inc.

4D Molecular Therapeutics is a developer and manufacturer of gene therapeutic products. The funding will help them begin clinical trials of a new gene therapy treatment, 4D-710, on cystic fibrosis patients.

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September 19, 2017

Congratulations to Florentine Rutaganira (postdoc in Professor Nicole King's Lab), who has been named an HHMI Hanna Gray Fellow. HHMI’s Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program seeks to encourage talented early career scientists who have the potential to become leaders in academic research. Each of the 15 fellows will get up to $1.4M in funding covering Post-doc and assistant professor transitions.

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September 19, 2017

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