Department News

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

What's so great about choanoflagellates? MCB Professor Nicole King explains and reveals why she has dedicated her research career to figuring out how the first multicellular animal life came to be.


July 19, 2016

MCB Assistant Professor Craig Miller and collaborators have found evidence that the very first bony fish on Earth was susceptible to arthritis. This basic research may help approaches in therapeutic research related to arthritis.


July 15, 2016

In their paper in Current Biology, MCB Professor Marla Feller and her collaborators show that visual experience is necessary for populations of Direction Selective Ganglion Cells (DSGCs) to become tuned to movement along the cardinal axes.


July 13, 2016

Assistant Professor of Neurobiology Stephen Brohawn and Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology Evan Miller are recipients of Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Awards in the Neurosciences. 


July 12, 2016

Listen to a podcast, hosted by the Journal of Immunology, where Professor David H. Raulet discusses the importance of fundamental research. It highlights how some clinical therapies for cancer have emerged from basic science, performed decades previously, that had no obvious connection to cancer at the time it was published. 

Listen to the podcast here.

July 11, 2016

G. Steven Martin has retired and now Michael Botchan is serving as Interim Dean of Biological Sciences. Our MCB Co-Chairs have had a "changing of the guard" as well -- David Raulet and Richard Harland have handed the reigns over to David Drubin and Nipam Patel. Richard Harland will now serve as Senior Associate Dean of Biological Sciences. 


July 05, 2016

Watch the shared ceremony with the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, the Biophysics Graduate Group, the Endocrinology Graduate Group and the Computational Biology Graduate Group. Congratulations to all the graduates!

June 28, 2016

Congratulations to all the graduates!

June 28, 2016

Berkeley's Cancer Research Lab, in close collaboration with the Cancer Research Institute, highlights June as Cancer Immunotherapy Month. "As we appreciate these events during this month, it is remarkable to reflect on how the cancer immunotherapy revolution had its roots in basic science done here in the CRL at Berkeley."


June 22, 2016

MCB Professor Michael Rape has received a 2016 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists. He is recognized for his "for his fundamental discoveries related to ubiquitylation." The award comes with $250,000 in unrestricted funds, the largest award for early-career scientists in the U.S.


June 21, 2016

This $1.24 million award will be split among MCB Professor Jennifer Doudna, and her collaborator, Emmanuelle Charpentier of the Max Planck Institute of Infection Biology in Germany and Umeå University in Sweden, as well as Feng Zhang of MIT. They were awarded “for the development of CRISPR/Cas9 as a breakthrough genome editing platform that promises to revolutionize biomedical research and disease treatment.”


June 20, 2016

MCB Professor Randy Schekman received the the 2016 Fiat Lux Faculty Award from the Cal Alumni Association. Thanks Dr. Schekman for your dedication not only to science but to Berkeley -- Go Bears!



June 17, 2016

Read California Sunday Magazine's feature on MCB Associate Professor Diana Bautista. As it says, Bautista "is one of a small but growing number of researchers in the United States trying to decode the molecular secrets of itchiness." Reader beware -- content may make you feel a little itchy yourself!


June 16, 2016

"From DNA to Diversity" highlights several MCB researchers -- from Shion Lim, a graduate student in Professor Susan Marqusee’s lab, to Jacques Bothma, a postdoctoral fellow researching animal development in Professor Hernan Garcia’s lab -- there's a lot going on!

Thanks to Nicole Haloupek, who wrote this fantastic article for the Berkeley Science Review, and who is also a graduate student in Professor Eva Nogales's lab.


June 14, 2016