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New American Academy of Microbiology Fellows

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 11:04

MCB Professors Russell Vance and Matt Welch were among the 73 new ASM fellows. "Fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology, an honorific leadership group within the ASM, are elected annually through a highly selective, peer-review process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology."

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Bautista Appointed Class of 1943 Memorial Chair

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 14:30

MCB Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Diana Bautista has been appointed to the "Class of 1943 Memorial Chair." The endowed chair is rotated among disciplines and departments at the discretion of the Chancellor.

Marion Nestle: March 21st

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 09:13

An alumnus of the MCB Community returns -- Dr. Marion Nestle, (who received her PhD in Molecular Biology from UC Berkeley in '68) will present the Weinstock lecture at the International House at 4:10pm on March 21, 2017. Join us for her lecture "Food Politics and the Twenty-First Century Food Movement." 

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How Butterfly Wings Develop

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 16:25

MCB Professor and Co-Chair, Nipam Patel, and his lab share insights into how butterfly wings develop. Watch this new video, created by the California Academy of Sciences, posted on its bioGraphic website:

MCB Bakar Fellows Shine

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 15:54

In 2016-2017, UC Berkeley's Bakar Fellows Program is supporting the cutting edge research of two MCB faculty members -- Professor Kathy Collins and Professor Jim Hurley. Read more about their exciting and entrepreneurial work:
Aiding Cells’ Strategy to Survive (Hurley's work)
Trading in the Scalpel for a Sharper Blade (Collins' work)

CRISPR and Berkeley

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 09:42

"The Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruled that the inventions claimed in the pending U.S. patent application filed by the Doudna/Charpentier research group and the patents and applications filed by the Broad Institute are separately patentable from one another, thereby moving the Doudna/Charpentier group’s application closer to issuance as a U.S. patent."

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Fletcher Named BioHub Investigator

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 11:40

MCB Affiliated Professor Dan Fletcher (who is Chair of the Department of Bioengineering) was one of the thirteen UC Berkeley faculty that were named Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigators. Fletcher "will launch a new effort to map the topography and spatial organization of cell-cell surfaces, starting with macrophages in their interactions with tumor cells."

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MCB Department response to the Executive Order on Immigration

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 08:37

The MCB Department is fully committed to supporting, in every way possible, all members of our department, irrespective of their national origin, religious background, race, color, age, sex, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. We are particularly troubled by the recent Executive Order on Immigration because it threatens members of our community and the practice of science. MCB scientists and staff come from many countries and engage in numerous international collaborations. Our research is enhanced by the diversity of perspectives provided by scientists from different backgrounds including international scientists. In addition, everyone’s science benefits when all scientists can travel freely between the U.S. and other countries to communicate directly with each other. We will resist policies that threaten our scientific culture and values. 

Eisen Announces Bid for U.S. Senate

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 09:53

HHMI Investigator and MCB Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development Michael Eisen has announced that he will run for U.S. Senate to offer a scientific voice to the political process.

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Doudna Honored with the Japan Prize

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 15:18

"Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier were awarded the Japan Prize today for their invention of the revolutionary gene-editing technology known as CRISPR-Cas9, which has swept into research labs around the world and is already yielding new therapies for cancer and hereditary diseases."

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Sharing Discoveries for Treating Cancer and Infectious Disease

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 14:33

Researchers studying cancer and infectious disease are joining forces in an attempt to maniupulate the immune response for both invaders through immunotherapy. The recently formed IVRI, Immunotherapeutics and Vaccine Research Institute, is at the forefront of this collaborative work.

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CRISPR Discovery: A Whole New World of Microbes

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 08:36

MCB's Professor Jennifer Doudna, in collaboration with Professor Jill Banfield (of earth & planetary sciences and of ESPM), have "discovered simple CRISPR systems similar to CRISPR-Cas9 — a gene-editing tool that has revolutionized biology — in previously unexplored bacteria that have eluded efforts to grow them in the laboratory."

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Happy Holidays from MCB

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 08:29

Jennifer Doudna: Luminary Award

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 08:17

Professor Jennifer Doudna will be given a Luminary Award at the Precision Medicine World Conference on January 23rd-25th, 2017. Doudna will also be one of the key speakers at the conference -- read a recent PMWC Q&A with Professor Doudna.

Are you interested in attending the conference? PMWC has created a discount code for UC Berkeley attendees -- It is "berkeley_discount_pmwc2017" (expires on January 11, 2017). Or register here and have the code applied automatically. 

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Setting off a Protozoan Mating Swarm

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 08:06

MCB Professor Nicole King, her graduate student, Arielle Woznica and collaborators have found the first demonstration that bacteria can drive sexual mating in eukaroyotes. "Researchers seeking the evolutionary roots of the animal kingdom have discovered a bacterium, Vibrio fischeri, that acts as an aphrodisiac on a species of protozoan choanoflagellates, the closest living relatives of animals, by releasing an enzyme that sends Salpinogoeca rosetta, into a full mating frenzy."

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