Department News

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

Professors of Neurobiology Ehud Isacoff and  John Flannery have published research on a new genetic therapy that restores light-sensitivity to blind mice and dogs.

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December 09, 2014

The Fall 2014 edition of the MCB Transcript newsletter is now available, including research profiles of the following new faculty members: Nicholas Ingolia, Gloria Brar, Elçin Ünap, Dirk Hockemeyer, and Roberto Zoncu.

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November 26, 2014

Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Diana Bautista has been presented with a Young Investigator Award by the Society for Neuroscience.

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November 17, 2014

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Li Ka Shing Chancellor's Chair in Biomedical and Health Sciences and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Jennifer Doudna was the winner of the 2015 Breakthrough Prize for life sciences.

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November 10, 2014

Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology and Professor of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management George Oster is the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in Biophysics.

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October 28, 2014

Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Randy Schekman has been named to the prestigious Institute of Medicine, one of the highest national honors in the fields of health and medicine.

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October 21, 2014

Surprising research on the role of cytoskeletal integrity in preventing protein misfolding from heat shock by Howard Hughes Investigator, Thomas and Stacey Siebel Distinguished Chair in Stem Cell Biology, and Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development Andrew Dillin is in the Oct. 17 issue of the journal Science and is the focus of a NewsCenter article. The accumulation of improperly folded proteins has been linked to diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s.

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October 17, 2014

Howard Hughes Investigator and Thomas and Stacey Siebel Distinguished Chair in Stem Cell Biology and Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development Andrew Dillin, together with Nobelist Stan Prusiner from UCSF, will lead a new integrated center for research on neurodegenerative diseases. The center will be funded by $3 million from the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and will pave the way for novel treatments for diseases linked to misfolded proteins and/or prions.

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October 10, 2014

Professor Emerita Judith Klinman from the Division of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology has been selected by President Barack Obama to receive the National Medal of Science, the nation’s highest honor for a scientist.

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October 09, 2014

Assistant Professors of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Nicholas Ingolia and Roberto Zoncu are both recipients of NIH's New Innovator Awards, which provides $1.5M over five years in support of their research.

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October 06, 2014

Professor John Ngai and Professors Richard Kramer and Ehud Isacoff are the recipients of two NIH grants awarded as part of President Obama's BRAIN Initiative (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies).

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September 30, 2014

Professor Mary Claire King is the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Lasker~Koshland Award for Special Achievement in Medical Science for her work discovering the BRCA1 breast-cancer gene.  King made her discovery while she was a faculty member at UC Berkeley in the School of Public Health and in the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology.

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September 15, 2014

Director of QB3 and Eveland Warren Endowed Chair Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Susan Marqusee has been honored as a fellow in The Biophysical Society.

The Biophysical Society has honored Susan Marqusee as a 2015 Society Fellow for her work as one of the world’s top experimentalists in the field of protein folding, which has had, and continues to have, a significant impact in the field of protein biophysics in general.

September 15, 2014

While working as a Professor in MCB's Division of Immunology, Dr. Jim Allison developed the immunotherapy drug Yervoy (Ipilimumab), the first drug to improve overall survival for patients with advanced metastatic melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Yervoy was an informative feature story for the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) that describes both the research and the technology transfer process.

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September 12, 2014

Professor of Neurobiology and Director of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute Ehud Isacoff has received an NSF Early Concept Grant for Exploratory Research (EAGER) Award to develop a new technology that uses light to tweak the synapses of brain cells to determine how they process information during learning and memory.

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September 05, 2014

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