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Below are articles from various sources about members of MCB and their research.
Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Jennifer Doudna and her collaborator, Emmanuelle Charpentier, have been named winners of the 2015 Massry Prize. They and fellow winner, Philippe Horvath, are all being recognized for significant contributions to biomedical science originating in studies of the immune system of bacteria.
Professor of Immunology and Pathogenesis Jeffery Cox has received a 2015 NIH Director's Pioneer Awards for his project "Host-Directed Strategies to Create Synergistic Antibacterial Therapies."
Part of the Common Fund's High-Risk, High-Reward Research program, the Pioneer Award supports individual scientists of exceptional creativity, who propose pioneering and transforming approaches to major challenges in biomedical and behavioral research.
In a collaboration between Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the Janelia Research Campus of HHMI, and the University of California, Berkeley, Assistant Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development, Xavier Darzacq will lead the Berkeley component of a large NIH grant they have received. Using specifically adapted powerful microscopes, the researchers hope to peer into living cells and reveal mechanisms that turn genes on and off in real time.
In a collaborative study, including researchers from USC and the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Adjunct Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Gary Karpen, helped to find a new function of the nuclear membrane — it fixes potentially fatal breaks in DNA strands. This study could lead to a better understanding of how and why organisms become more predisposed to cancer with age.
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Evan Miller, who is also faculty in the Department of Chemistry, recently received the Young Chemical Biologist Award from the International Chemical Biology Society at their annual meeting in Berlin. At the same meeting, he was a featured speaker in their "Rising Stars in Chemical Biology" session.
Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Kathy Collins, in collaboration with researchers at UCLA, has produced the clearest image of telomerase to date. This enzyme plays a significant role in aging and most cancers, but until recently many aspects of the enzyme’s structure could not be clearly seen.