Department News

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

HHMI Investigator and Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development Barbara J. Meyer was awarded the 2017 Francis Amory Prize in Medicine and Physiology by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. "She is being recognized for her breakthrough solutions to long standing mysteries about chromosomal expression and sex determination." Barbara will accept the prize and deliver remarks in Cambridge, MA on April 12, 2018.

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January 30, 2018

New research from a team led by MCB Professor and HHMI Investigator Eva Nogales has provided new insights into the structure of PRC2, a complex of proteins that regulates gene silencing in cells. PRC2 is critical in understanding cell development and uncontrolled cell growth, and this research could lead to new developments in cancer therapies.

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January 30, 2018

Former MCB Immunology professor and Director of the Cancer Research Lab at UC Berkeley, James P. Allison received the National Academy of Sciences 2018 Jessie Stevenson Kovalenko Medal "for important medical discoveries related to the body's immune response to tumors." He is presently at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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January 17, 2018

MCB & Chemistry Professor Jennifer Doudna has received the 2018 Chemical Sciences award from the National Academy of Sciences. The award recognizes her "pioneering discoveries on how RNA can fold to function in complex ways” and her co-invention of CRISPR-Cas9 technology.

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January 17, 2018

Research from the labs of MCB Professor Rebecca Heald and Associate Professor Daniel Nomura has revealed the cellular basis of hybrid incompatibility when closely related frog species are interbred.

This finding uncovers why the offspring of female African clawed frogs and male Western clawed frogs can survive, whereas offspring with the opposite set of parent species are incapable of living past the early stages of development.

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January 12, 2018

Ming Hammond (Assistant Professor, MCB & Chemistry), Evan Miller (Assistant Professor, MCB & Chemistry), and David Savage (Associate Professor, MCB & Chemistry) have been "identified as representing the future of biochemistry" by the American Chemical Society.

Hammond, Miller, Savage, and 41 other early career biochemical scientists are featured in the January 2018 publication of Biochemistry.

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January 12, 2018

Professor of MCB & Chemistry and HHMI Investigator Jennifer Doudna is overseeing a collaboration among the Innovative Genomics Institute at Berkeley and Mars Chocolate to apply CRISPR to cacao crops. As climate change warms and dries the rainforests where cacao plants thrive, researchers are looking for ways to produce crops that will better withstand environmental changes.

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January 03, 2018

MCB Professor of Neurobiology and of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering David Schaffer and colleagues "have for the first time used CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing to disable a defective gene that causes amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, in mice, extending their lifespan by 25 percent."

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January 02, 2018
Fall 2017 MCB Transcript

Meet our new faculty recruits, learn about our MCB faculty visiting 4th and 5th graders, read how MCB graduate students raised over $7,000 for Puerto Rico Hurricane relief, and much more!

 

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December 20, 2017

HHMI Investigator and Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development Nicole King is one of four UC Berkeley faculty who received a 2018-2019 Miller Professorship Award, allowing her a year to pursue new research directions.

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December 20, 2017
Seasons Greetings

Enjoy this festive video, created using imagery from MCB Faculty Labs, and please keep an eye out for our MCB Fall 2017 Newsletter...

 

December 13, 2017

Edward E. Penhoet Distinguished Chair in Global Public Health and Infectious Diseases and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Daniel Portnoy has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

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December 12, 2017

Professor of Neurobiology Richard Kramer is one of four innovative scientists and physicians to be named a 2017 Gund-Harrington Scholar for research having the potential to advance medical therapies for those suffering from retinal degenerative diseases.

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November 27, 2017

MCB Professor Jeffery Cox has collaborated with researchers at UCSF and UCSD to study and map the convoluted networks among proteins and genes in the body. The new research on how these networks facilitate interaction on the cellular level could lead to more precise treatments for a variety of diseases, from psychiatric disorders to cancer.

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November 26, 2017

MCB Professor Marla Feller has been elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for “advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.” She is one of six UC Berkeley faculty to be honored with this fellowship this year.

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November 21, 2017

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