New research from the labs of MCB Assistant Professor Roberto Zoncu & MCB, Chemistry, and NST Associate Professor Dan Nomura reveals a newly-discovered small-molecule activator of autophagy called EN6. This research, published in Nature Chemical Biology, reveals a unique approach for enhancing autophagy, which may have implications for the development of novel therapeutics in the future.
Below are articles from various sources about members of MCB and their research.
Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our most recent PhD graduates and welcoming them as important members of the MCB alumni community!
A new study co-authored by MCB Professor Gary Karpen describes how the human DNA in centromeres, the central areas of chromosomes, has survived largely unchanged for hundreds of thousands of years.
Because they do not participate in the “crossover” process that occurs when cells divide to form sperm or eggs, centromeres may preserve very ancient stretches of DNA. The researchers found that some DNA at our centromeres may have originated in populations of Neanderthals and ancestral hominids from before modern humans migrated out of Africa.
This research may also provide a way of better understanding the functional importance of chromosomal crossover in sexually-reproducing organisms.
The program, launched in 2014 and established with generous support from The Rose Hills Foundation, supports distinguished early-career faculty in the STEM fields.
A new study co-authored by MCB, Chemistry & NST Associate Professor Dan Nomura investigates how nimbolide, a natural product derived from the neem tree, may function in impairing cancer pathogenicity.
“We discover here that nimbolide not only impairs cancer pathogenicity through stabilizing tumor suppressors, but that we can exploit nimbolide to also degrade and eliminate other cancer-causing proteins in cells for cancer therapy,” said Nomura.
The pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has announced a five-year collaboration with UC Berkeley and UCSF to establish the Laboratory for Genomics Research (LGR), where state-of-the-art CRISPR techniques will be used to advance the genomic research and rapidly accelerate new drug development.
“LGR is about building that space where creative science is partnered with the development of robust technology that will help develop tomorrow’s drugs. I think we’re going to be able to do science that none of us can even imagine today," said MCB & Chemistry Professor Jennifer Doudna, who will be a member of the LGR's steering committee.
Congratulations to MCB Graduate Student Financial Specialist Eric Buhlis, recipient of a Staff Achievement Award from the UC Berkeley College of Letters & Science!
Eric was recognized for setting the gold standard for helping graduate students navigate their often-complicated funding information, thus enabling those students to better plan financially. He is an exemplary employee and team player whose dedication to MCB deserves the highest praise.
Congratulations to MCB Professor Eva Nogales for being elected an Associate Member of EMBO!
EMBO is an organization of more than 1800 leading researchers that promote excellence in the life sciences in Europe and beyond.
This summer marks the first anniversary of Inclusive MCB+ (iMCB+), a mentoring and community-building program that advocates for graduate students in the Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) Department as well as the Biophysics and Neuroscience programs (+) on campus. During the Spring 2019 semester, founder Lisa Eshun-Wilson and director Michelle Reid, both MCB graduate students, aimed to improve upon and grow the program after its successful pilot year.
As part of the MCB commencement ceremonies last week, the 2019 MCB Commencement Honors were presented. We are pleased to announce the recipients here and we congratulate the awardees!
MCB would like to thank Graduate Student Services Advisor Berta Parra for her 37 years of service to UC Berkeley! Berta worked in the Psychology Department and the Haas School of Business before joining MCB in 1993.
Since moving to the MCB graduate advising office 26 years ago, Berta has been a pillar in the community. Throughout her career in MCB, she had the opportunity to watch graduate students like Jacob Corn, Andy Dillin, and Russell Vance progress through their own careers from graduate students to MCB faculty.
Her passion for helping hundreds of graduate students navigate their PhD programs was clear to everyone with whom she worked. “I stayed in MCB for so long because it’s such a special place,” she said during her retirement party on May 22.
Thank you, Berta, for your excellent service to this department and campus!
Next April MCB Professor Doug Koshland will give the 2020 Lee Hartwell lecture for the Yeast Genetics Meeting, organized by the Genetics Society of America.
This lecture is given by a noted researcher in the field who has used yeast in a way that has had a noticeable impact on other fields.
We are delighted to announce the arrival of Dipti Nayak, who joins MCB this July as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Genetics, Genomics & Development.
We are pleased to announce the addition of two new MCB Assistant Professors, Andrea Gomez & Samantha Lewis, arriving January 2020.