Department News

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

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November 19, 2015

The latest edition of the MCB Transcript is out! Online version is live -- meet new faculty, learn how we're tracking and tweaking things in the brain, and catch up on all the latest Molecular and Cell Biology news.

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November 18, 2015

Two new studies should give scientists who use CRISPR-Cas9 for genome engineering greater confidence that they won’t inadvertently edit the wrong DNA. What's CRISPR-Cas9? Watch Jennifer Doudna in this short video.


November 12, 2015

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.


November 09, 2015

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.


November 04, 2015

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.


November 04, 2015

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.


November 02, 2015

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.

October 29, 2015

In their pursuit to better elucidate the functional circuits that comprise the neocortex, Assistant Professor of Neurobiology Hillel Adesnik and his team made a possibly paradigm shifting discovery. They recently published their findings in Nature Neuroscience.

October 26, 2015

Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Jennifer Doudna, who is also a biochemist with Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging (MBIB) division, has been at the forefront of unlocking CRISPR/Cas secrets — and her team has just unlocked another!


October 23, 2015

Joshua Levitz, a ​recent Biophysics Graduate Program PhD from Professor Ehud Isacoff's Lab in the MCB Department of at the University of California, Berkeley, has been recognized by the Society for Neuroscience with the 2015 Nemko Prize in Cellular or Molecular Neuroscience.


October 20, 2015

MCB Professors Ehud IsacoffKristin Scott, and Hillel Adesnik were awarded $2 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to create and validate novel tools to measure neuronal activity, connectivity, and synaptic strength in defined neuron types. 


October 20, 2015

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.


October 16, 2015

HHMI Investigator and Professor of Neurobiology, Yang Dan, is lead author of an article printed in the British journal Nature describing the discovery of a neural switch that can stimulate nerve cells in the medulla region of the brain and activate REM sleep.  

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October 15, 2015

Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Gloria Brar was one of only 41 faculty in the nation to receive the prestigious NIH Director's 2015 New Innovator Award. The project she'll be working on is "Dissecting the Roles of Pervasive Short ORFs in Meiosis."


October 07, 2015