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Japan Prize Ceremony

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 13:59

In a formal ceremony in Tokyo today, the 2017 Japan Prize in the life sciences was presented to the two inventors of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool that is revolutionizing biological research and medical treatment -- MCB Professor Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin.


Kuriyan Receives Stein & Moore Award

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 12:05

HHMI Investigator and Chancellor's Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology John Kuriyan has received the 2017 Stein & Moore Award sponsored by The Protein Society. The award recognizes eminent leaders in protein science who have made sustained high-impact research contributions to the field.


MCB Grad Student Morrie Receives UC Dissertation-Year Fellowship

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 10:49

Ryan Morrie, a graduate student in the Feller Lab, has been awarded the 2017-2018 University of California Dissertation-Year Fellowship for his outstanding scholarly achievement and future academic potential. He was also recognized for his involvement in scientific outreach with diverse local elementary school children through the Bay Area Scientists In Schools (BASIS) program.

Faculty Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 13:54

Congratulations to Professors Jamie Cate and Christopher Chang for being elected members of the esteemed American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


More than Meets the Eye...

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 11:02

MCB graduate student Nicole Haloupek's lovely article in the Berkeley Review is featured front and center on the UC Berkeley home page today. Read the full article, "Color by Numbers," which highlights the fascinating work of the Patel Lab (including grad students Ryan Null and Rachel Thayer) and other researchers on campus examinig the science behind color.


Presti Interviewed in CALIFORNIA Magazine

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 15:24

MCB Teaching Professor of Neurobiology David Presti is interviewed about his popular UC course on Drugs and the Brain, and expanding public interest in psychopharmacology and consciousness in the Spring 2017 edition of CALIFORNIA magazine. 


European Patent Office to grant UC a broad patent on CRISPR-Cas9

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 14:40

"The European Patent Office (EPO) has announced its intention to grant a broad patent for the revolutionary CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology to the University of California, the University of Vienna and Emmanuelle Charpentier."


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."


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." 


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."


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."


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."


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.