UC Berkeley researchers, led by MCB and Chemistry Professor Christopher Chang, have now clarified the critical role that copper plays in nutrition: It helps move fat out of fat cells – called adipocytes – and into the blood stream for use as energy. That being said, we still don't recommend eating pennies.
Below are articles from various sources about members of MCB and their research.
Assistant Professor Gloria Brar has been named a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences, and Assistant Professor Dirk Hockemeyer has been named a Pew-Stewart Scholar for Cancer Research by the Pew Charitable Trusts. There are only 22 biomedical scholars, and 5 cancer scholars named in the nation per year.
Assistant Professor of Neurobiology Hillel Adesnik has received a 2016 American Association of Anatomists (AAA) Young Investigator Award - C. J. Herrick Award in Neuroanatomy. The award recognizes investigators in the early stages of their careers who have made important contributions to biomedical science through their research.
Peter Walentek, a postdoctoral researcher in Professor Harland's lab, has received a K99/R00 NIH Pathway to Independence Award designed to foster the transiton of new investigators to research independence. It provides close to $1 Million in funding to support his research and for starting his own lab.
MCB Associate Professor Lin He and her team "developed a quicker and more efficient method to alter the genes of mice with CRISPR-Cas9, simplifying a procedure growing in popularity because of the ease of using the new gene-editing tool."
Thornton Thompson, an MCB graduate student in the Raulet Lab, has received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (F31), awarded by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. His project title is "Role and Regulation of NKG2D Ligand Expression on Tumor-Infiltrating Myeloid Cells."
MCB and Chemistry Professor Michael Marletta has been elected as a new member of the American Philosophical Society. The society was founded in Philadelphia in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the purpose of “promoting useful knowledge” in the sciences and humanities -- an eminent scholarly organization of international reputation, it was the first established learned society in the U.S.
By devising fluorescent probes to track the presence and movement of copper atoms in and out of nerve cells, MCB and Chemistry Professor Chris Chang has shown that changes in concentration of this element at the synapse can switch on or off signaling between neurons.
Assistant Professor of Neurobiology Helen Bateup and Assistant Professor of Immunology and Pathogenesis Kaoru Saijo are recipients of the 2016-2017 Hellman Fellows Fund. It was instituted to support the research of Assistant Professors who show capacity for great distinction in their research.
UC Berkeley experts in electron microscopy have learned in detail how proteins orchestrate the first key steps in gene activation – opening up the double-stranded DNA. MCB Professor Eva Nogales, who led the new study, aims to further explore the interactions between these key proteins and DNA.
HHMI Investigator and Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development Andrew Dillin, Johan Auwerx of EPFL, Switzerland, and teams of international and UC Berkeley researchers have discovered epigenetic switches in worms that are also linked to increased lifespan in mammals. The two resulting papers will be reported in the May 19th issue of Cell and are available online.