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Feller Elected as AAAS Fellow

2 hours 18 min ago

MCB Professor Marla Feller has been elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for “advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.” She is one of six UC Berkeley faculty to be honored with this fellowship this year.


Grad Student Armbien Sabillo Receives SACNAS Student Presentation Award

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 16:45

MCB graduate student Armbien Sabillo received a Student Presentation Award for his excellent work, titled “A Novel Role for the Neural Plate during X. Laevis Muscle Formation,” at the 2017 SACNAS Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Bateup Receives Janett R. Trubatch Career Development Award

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 10:13

Assistant Professor of Neurobiology Helen Bateup received the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Janett Rosenberg Trubatch Career Development Award for demonstrating creativity and originality in her research on neural circuit function and autism. 


Four MCB Faculty Named ASCB Fellows

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 14:34

Professors Abby Dernburg, Rebecca Heald, Eva Nogales and Jeremy Thorner were named ASCB Fellows by the American Society for Cell Biology. They are recognized for their lifetime achievements in advancing cell biology. They join many other prestigious faculty, both here at UC Berkeley (Professors David Drubin, Doug Koshland, and Randy Schekman) and elsewhere.


Brohawn is 2017 NYSCF Robertson Investigator

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 10:51

Assistant Professor Stephen Brohawn was named one of three 2017 New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) Robertson Neuroscience Investigators from around the world, enabling him to pursue high-risk/high-reward research focusing on how the nervous system senses and responds to physical forces. 


Recognition at Science Film Festival

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 09:43

MCB Professor Nipam Patel's film "Squid: Coming to Life" was recognized at the 10th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival that was held in New York this month. His film won "runner up" in the Scientific Merit Award category. This award is given by a jury to the film that exemplifies science in storytelling and narrative filmmaking in a compelling, credible and inspiring manner.


Mapping the Brain

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 15:26

MCB Professor of Neurobiology John Ngai will lead the UC Berkeley team as one of six Principal Investigators collaborating on the Allen Institute for Brain Science's National Institutes of Health (NIH) BRAIN Initiative Cell Census grant. Their collective efforts will create an atlas of cell types in the mouse brain to serve as a basis for understanding how the human brain functions in health and disease.


MCB Annual Picnic 2017

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:22

Thanks to all faculty, staff, and researchers that attended our annual picnic this year!

UC Researchers Receive New BRAIN Initiative Grant from NIH

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 11:34

A group of UC researchers received funding to build the NexGen 7T functional MRI (fMRI) that will "provide the highest resolution images of the brain ever obtained, able to focus on a region the size of a poppy seed."


Academia and Industry Intersect at MCB Industrial Affiliates Program (IAP) Symposium

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 16:01

What happens when academia and industry come together to share their passion for innovation and discovery? This synergy was sparked at the MCB Industrial Affiliates Program (IAP) inaugural symposium. 


Another Noble Prize for the Fruit Fly

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 08:29

MCB Professor David Bilder contributed this piece to the New York Times, expressing the beauty and importance of basic research -- and how critical it is to continue the government's support of it.


Garcia and Corn Receive NIH Director's New Innovator Awards

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 13:28

Assistant Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development Hernan Garcia and Assistant Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Jacob Corn received New Innovator Awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The award supports highly creative, innovative research that could have implications for human health.

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New Gene Editing Advancement in CRISPR-Gold

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 19:14

A study co-authored by MCB and Chemistry Professor, and HHMI Investigator, Jennifer Doudna details a safer and more effective method of delivering CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology.


Emeritus Professor Satyabrata Nandi Has Died

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 17:20

We have just learned that MCB Emeritus Professor Satyabrata Nandi passed away on July 29th, 2017 in his home in Berkeley at the age of 86. He received his PhD from UC Berkeley in 1957, and ultimately joined us as a faculty member. His career in cancer research and teaching spanned over 40 years and he is still remembered fondly in the department.  


Michelle Chang: Manufacturing Bioplastics

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 18:16

The lab of MCB Associate Professor Michelle Chang has engineered E. coli to manufacture bioplastics from inorganic fluorides. The product is more durable than non-fluorinated commercial bioplastics, which could make bioplastic production more sustainable.


MCB Postdoc Rutaganira Named HHMI Gray Fellow

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 17:21

Congratulations to Florentine Rutaganira (postdoc in Professor Nicole King's Lab), who has been named an HHMI Hanna Gray Fellow. HHMI’s Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program seeks to encourage talented early career scientists who have the potential to become leaders in academic research. Each of the 15 fellows will get up to $1.4M in funding covering Post-doc and assistant professor transitions.


MCB Industrial Affiliates Program (IAP) Symposium

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 11:53

Are you interesting in building relationships with local industry companies looking to engage with the MCB research community? Join us for the next MCB Industrial Affiliates Program (IAP) event on September 22nd. The symposium will feature presentations by industry partners about career opportunities within their companies well as an interactive poster session highlighting the research of MCB students and postdocs. Please contact for event details or visit our website to learn more about the program.

"Fast Friendship" Featured on Good Morning America

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 15:10

Sophomores Nissma Bencheikh (intended MCB major) and Roaya Jannatipour (intended IB major) became fast friends at Berkeley their freshman year. But it turns out they had a lot more in common than their love for biology!


Bacterial Aphrodisiac for One-celled Marine Organisms

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 10:51

HHMI Investigator and MCB Professor Nicole King's lab in conjunction with Jon Clardy's lab at Harvard Medical School have discovered that a bacterial protein can act as an aphrodisiac and trigger mating in the closest living relatives of all animals - choanoflagellates.


Faculty Position in Neurobiology

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 13:23

The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute (HWNI) are soliciting applications for an Open-Level (tenure-track or tenured) faculty position in Neurobiology. The position will be at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level and rank will be determined on qualifications and experience. The expected start date is July 1, 2018.