Department News

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

We are proud to announce our annual recipients of the MCB Outstanding Postdoctoral Fellow Awards. Each year, the department honors five postdocs (one in each division) for excellence in research, contributions to the division and department, mentoring and outreach. 


August 27, 2015

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology recently announced its 2016 Awards, including Howard Hughes Investigator and UC Berkeley Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Eva Nogales, who received the Mildred Cohn Award in Biological Chemistry, and also a visiting scientist currently on sabbatical leave in the Thorner lab, Associate Professor Christer S. Ejsing from the University of Southern Denmark, who received the Walter A. Shaw Young Investigator Award in Lipid Research.


August 17, 2015

An international team of scientists, co-led by Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development Daniel Rokhsar, and scientists from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) and the University of Chicago, have revealed the secrets hidden in the genome of an octopus.


August 14, 2015

The Department welcomes back Dr. Michael Marletta as Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology. Marletta's research lies at the interface of chemistry and biology with a particular emphasis on the study of protein function and enzyme reaction mechanisms and a focus on molecular answers to complex functions in biology.


August 07, 2015

The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology is thrilled to announce that Dr. Jeffery S. Cox will be joining the MCB faculty as a Professor of Immunology & Pathogenesis. Dr. Cox will hold a secondary affiliation with the Division of Cell and Developmental Biology.


August 06, 2015

Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Eva Nogales and her research group have produced an atomic view of microtubules that enabled them to identify the crucial role played by a family of end-binding (EB) proteins in regulating microtubule dynamic instability.


August 05, 2015

It's a new era in genome engineering! A one-day symposium hosted by the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences at Berkeley and the Innovative Genomics Initiative. The symposium is being held on August 24, 2015 at Li Ka Shing. Contact Jan Ambrosini with questions:


July 30, 2015

KQED Science asks Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Christopher Chang "How Do You Make Greener Fuel?" Chang's answer: it's a Frankenstein experiment -- if Frankenstein was solar power.

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July 28, 2015

Andrew Lane, a UC Berkeley post-doctoral fellow, and Flora Lamson Hewlett Chair and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Rebecca Heald, developed a new technology in order to track chromosomes in real-time in living samples during mitosis.


July 27, 2015

Assistant Professor of Neurobiology Stephan Lammel was recently awarded a seed grant from the Brain Research Foundation for his project "Identifying input-specific mechanisms underlying drug-evoked plasticity in the dopamine system."


July 09, 2015

Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Christopher Chang has received the 2015 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists. He's been honored for his discoveries in chemistry that span both neuroscience and energy science.


June 30, 2015

Assistant Professor of Neurobiology Stephan Lammel was awarded the 2015 Regents' Junior Faculty Fellowship which is a competitive award on campus. It provides summer salary awards to junior faculty, allowing them to devote their time exclusively to research, independent study, or improving their teaching effectiveness.

June 26, 2015

Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Jennifer Doudna has been honored with the 2015 Gruber Genetics Prize along with her CrisprCAS9 collaborator, Emmanuelle Charpentier. The International Prize Program honors individuals whose groundbreaking work provides new models that inspire and enable fundamental shifts in knowledge and culture.


June 22, 2015

This summer brings change to MCB -- the Co-Chairs thank past division heads for their service and announce some new division, committee, and program heads.

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June 18, 2015