Department News

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

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Susan Marqusee has won the 2011 American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) "Rose Award".

The William C. Rose Award recognizes outstanding contributions to biochemical and molecular biological research and a demonstrated commitment to the training of younger scientists, as epitomized by the late Dr. Rose. Nominations must be originated by Society members, but the nominees need not be ASBMB members.

July 19, 2011

William V. Power Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Jeremy Thorner has been awarded a Senior Investigator Award from the American Asthma Foundation in collaboration with Assistant Professor of Immunology and Pathogenesis Greg Barton.

June 22, 2011

Two UC Berkeley faculty members are among 65 scientists awarded Early Career Research Awards by the Department of Energy. The five-year research grants were given to David Savage, assistant professor of molecular and cell biology, and Junqiao Wu, assistant professor of materials science and engineering.


May 18, 2011

G. Steven Martin, department chair and professor of cell and developmental biology in MCB, has been appointed interim dean of biological sciences in the College of Letters and Science, effective July 1. He takes over for Mark Schlissel, who was recently named provost of Brown University.


May 11, 2011

It is with regret that we announce that on April 20th, Marietta Dunaway, an Adjunct and Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology in the Division of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from 1985 - 2001, died peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family.


May 05, 2011

A new study of itch adds to growing evidence that the chemical signals that make us want to scratch are the same signals that make us wince in pain.

The interactions between itch and pain are only partly understood, said itch and pain researcher Diana Bautista, an assistant professor of molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley.


May 03, 2011

When one hears the phrase 'egg-shaped', an oval immediately comes to mind. Chicken eggs are oval, and so are the eggs laid by many land-dwelling animals. But how do oval eggs get that way? Starting from this deceptively simple question, MCB Associate Professor David Bilder and graduate student Saori Haigo report in the journal Science the discovery of a new type of tissue movement that shapes animal organs.

April 27, 2011
Robert Tjian, MCB Professor and HHMI President, received the 2010 Glenn T. Seaborg Medal from the University of California, Los Angeles for oustanding accomplishments in chemistry or biochemistry. Dr. Tjian was also awarded the 2010 Grand Prix Charles‰ÛLÌ©opold Mayer from the French Academy of Sciences for his research on how genes are turned on and off.
April 05, 2011

MCB Professors Karsten Weis and James Berger with their team of researchers have solved the structure of a protein machine critical to the process of mRNA export from the nucleus. The study, published March 27th in the journal Nature, illustrates how energy can be exploited to extrude mRNA molecules from a transport channel, which perforates the nuclear envelope.

March 28, 2011

The Cell & Developmental Biology Division is hosting a one-day Symposium on The Biology of Regeneration on March 22, 2011.  Information about the speakers and free registration are available by following the link below.

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February 28, 2011

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology David Savage has been awarded the 2011 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship.

The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 118 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.

February 10, 2011

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology James Berger is a recipient of the NAS Award in Molecular Biology.

Berger is being honored for elucidating the structures of topoisomerases and helicases and providing insights into the biochemical mechanisms that mediate the replication and transcription of DNA.


January 20, 2011

The Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute (HWNI) at the University of California, Berkeley, is seeking a senior, internationally recognized scientist working in any area of neuroscience to serve as Director of the HWNI.

December 30, 2010

Adjunct Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Gary Karpen and a team of researchers with the "model organism Encyclopedia of DNA Elements" (modENCODE) project have published a new analysis of the fruit fly genome in Science, Nature, and Genome Research that goes beyond the mere genetic sequence to reveal the RNA and chromatin structures that produce a functional organism.


December 30, 2010

Howard Hughes Investigator and Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Abby Durnburg has been awarded the 2011 Edward Novitski prize by the Genetics Society of America (GSA).


December 29, 2010