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We're hiring | Dean of Biological Sciences

Mon, 12/04/2023 - 10:43

UC Berkeley campanileThe University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), the world’s premier public university, seeks a visionary, strategic, and inclusive leader as its next dean of the Division of Biological Sciences.

For the full position profile, please visit:

For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by February 26, 2024. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Applicants must also apply directly to UC Berkeley at:

Whiteman discusses nature's toxins on KQED

Thu, 11/30/2023 - 10:03

Noah Whiteman with bookProfessor of Genetics, Genomics, Evolution, and Development, Noah Whiteman, discusses nature's toxins on KQED on November 30th at 10 am PT. Whiteman will explain the biology and influence of “nature’s pharmacopeia”, and his new book is “Most Delicious Poison: The Story of Nature’s Toxins — From Spices to Vices.” Read more...

MCB alumni careers path panel

Mon, 11/20/2023 - 11:09

By: Mariana Padilla


The Fall 2023 Transcript newsletter is here!

Thu, 11/16/2023 - 15:42

C. elegans adult hermaphrodite with labeled lysosomes in the intestine (Koning Shen)Learn about MCB's exciting research, new faculty hires, biotech master's degree, amazing alumni, and much more...

Read the Fall 2023 MCB Transcript here.

Park promoted to associate professor

Wed, 11/01/2023 - 11:15

Eunyong Park tenureCongratulations to Eunyong Park on his promotion to MCB Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology! 

The Park lab researches the molecular mechanisms of protein translocation across membranes and related quality control pathways using biochemical and structural approaches. Read more...


Lewis receives 2023 Prytanean Faculty Enrichment Award

Tue, 10/31/2023 - 10:15

Sam Lewis Samantha Lewis, assistant professor of cell biology, development and physiology, is the recipient of the 2023 Prytanean Faculty Enrichment Award. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and service on the UC Berkeley campus and within the broader community. Read more...

Zoncu promoted to professor

Thu, 10/26/2023 - 17:00

ZoncuCongratulations to Roberto Zoncu on his promotion to MCB Professor of Molecular Therapeutics!

The Zoncu laboratory researches how organelles sense nutrients and regulate cellular growth. Read more...


Christopher and Michelle Chang receive 2024 ACS National Awards

Thu, 10/12/2023 - 14:22

ACS ChangChristopher Chang, Professor of Molecular Therapeutics, and Michelle Chang, Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology, are both recipients of 2024 American Chemical Society (ACS) National Awards. Christopher Chang was awarded with the Alfred Bader Award in Bioinorganic or Bioorganic Chemistry, supported by an endowed fund established by Alfred R. Bader and Isabel Bader. Michelle Chang was awarded with the ACS Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry, sponsored by the ACS Division of Fluorine Chemistry.

Martik and Rijo-Ferreira receive NIH Director’s New Innovator Awards

Tue, 10/03/2023 - 11:25

Martik and Rijo-FerreiraMegan Martik, Assistant Professor of Genetics, Genomics, Evolution, and Development, and Filipa Rijo-Ferreira, Assistant Professor (Affiliated) of Immunology and Molecular Medicine, both received 2023 NIH Director’s New Innovator Awards. These awards are part of NIH's High-Risk High-Reward research program and are awarded to exceptionally creative early career investigators who propose innovative, high-impact projects. Read more...

Postdoc Raul Ramos named 2023 HHMI Hanna Gray Fellow

Sun, 10/01/2023 - 14:05

Raul RamosCongratulations to MCB postdoc Raul Ramos (Bautista and Lumpkin Labs) on being named one of the 2023 Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Hanna Gray Fellows! This prestigious award from the HHMI supports early career scientists with the potential to become leaders in biomedical science. Ramos' research investigates the neural mechanisms that underlie distortions of touch perception, including persistent alterations seen in sensory processing disorder (SPD) and reversible distortions induced by psychedelics. Read more... 

2023 MCB Outstanding Postdoc Awards

Wed, 09/20/2023 - 10:54

2023 Outstanding Postdoc AwardsWe are excited to announce the recipients of our annual MCB Outstanding Postdoctoral Fellows Awards! Each year, the department honors postdocs for excellence in research, leadership, and service. 


Rachel Coombs (Robey Lab) investigates how the extracellular microenvironment in the spleen directs T cell differentiation using an experimental model of chronic T. gondii infection in mice. 

Rory Craig (Merchant Lab) works on genome evolution and transposable elements in eukaryotic algae.

Saxton and Schepartz named ARC Institute Innovation Investigators

Wed, 09/20/2023 - 09:03

Saxton and Schepartz ARC InstituteRobert Saxton, Assistant Professor of Immunology and Molecular Medicine, and Alanna Schepartz, Professor of Molecular Therapeutics, were recently named Innovation Investigators by the ARC Institute. This award provides funding to researchers to pursue visionary ideas in curiosity-driven ambitious science research. Read more...

Brohawn promoted to associate professor

Wed, 09/13/2023 - 14:11

BrohawnCongratulations to Stephen Brohawn on receiving tenure and his promotion to MCB Associate Professor of Neurobiology!

The Brohawn laboratory researches the molecular basis of sensory transduction and cellular electrical signaling. Read more...


We're Hiring | Assistant Professor of GGED

Mon, 09/11/2023 - 13:16

Asst Prof GGEDInterested in becoming a UC Berkeley faculty member? We are now accepting applications for an Assistant Professor for the MCB Division of Genetics, Genomics, Evolution & Development (GGED).  

Learn more and apply by November 1, 2023. 

Nuñez named Bakar Spark Award recipient

Mon, 08/28/2023 - 12:56

James NunezCongratulations to James Nuñez, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology, on receiving a 2023 Spark Award from the Bakar Fellows Program. This award will support Nuñez's research project "CRISPR epigenetic editing for immune cell engineering" from concept into commercial application with funding, resources, and mentorship. Read more...