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Researchers demonstrate heat-induced pyroelectricity in viruses

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 09/29/2023 - 14:32

Schematic showing the electric potential generated from virus film upon heating. Heat denatures, or melts, the protein coating on the engineered phage, causing a difference in electrical potential. (Image courtesy of Seung-Wuk Lee)

Researchers in Professor Seung-Wuk Lee's lab discovered for the first time “heat-induced electrical potential generation on a virus,” a phenomenon known as pyroelectricity. This work may shed light on how biomaterials — cells, tissues and proteins — generate electricity at a molecular level as well as lead to the development of biomaterials with novel medical, pharmaceutical, environmental and energy applications.
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BioE alumna creating a greener future for bluejeans

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 09/29/2023 - 14:28

photo of Hsu in the lab

PhD alumna Tammy Hsu is using synthetic biology to produce environmentally friendly dyes for industry through her company, Huue.
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Anand Varma, IB BA 2008, starts National Geographic WonderLab

Department of Integrative Biology - Fri, 09/29/2023 - 12:13

Anand Varma

National Geographic Explorer and photographer Anand Varma (Integrative Biology BA 2008) "will use WonderLab, his new, cutting-edge storytelling studio in Berkeley, Ca. to document the lives of large and miniscule creatures revealing details that are missed with the naked eye." Read more on the National Geographic blog or at the DailyCal.

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How scientists aim to extend human lifespans

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 09/28/2023 - 21:39
Professor Irina and Mike Conboy were guests on the Economist "Babbage" science and technology podcast dicussing progress in research on aging.
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Building a clean energy hub of the future

College of Natural Resources - Wed, 09/27/2023 - 10:33
Image of Shirley Rebekah September 27, 2023

ERG alum Rebekah Shirley, PhD '15, spoke to California magazine about her work accelerating Africa's clean energy industry.

Improving the monitoring, measurement, and management of wildfire emissions

College of Natural Resources - Tue, 09/26/2023 - 11:07
Image of forest fire September 26, 2023

ESPM professor Scott Stephens discusses integrating Indigenous knowledge into forest policy recommendations.

A rainy season wake-up call for bacteria

College of Natural Resources - Fri, 09/22/2023 - 09:43
An abstract representation of microbes in soil as seen from under a microscope, generated by the DALL-E text-to-image model. September 22, 2023

A new study led by Rausser College researchers in PMB and ESPM details the link between soil viruses and carbon emissions.

Tseng Receives Tenure

Department of Integrative Biology - Thu, 09/21/2023 - 10:55

Professor Jack Tseng

Congratulations to Dr. Jack Tseng on receiving tenure and his promotion to Associate Professor of Integrative Biology! The Tseng lab is focused on understanding the macroevolutionary-scale patterns of structure-function relationships in mammals and other vertebrate groups. To learn more, visit the Tseng Lab Website.


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Iain Clark selected as Innovation Investigator by Arc Institute

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 09/21/2023 - 10:46

drawing of Prof Clark

Professor Iain Clark was named an Innovation Investigator by the Arc Institute, a scientific research organization pioneering new models for scientific discovery and translation. As a member of the inaugural Innovation Investigators program, Clark will receive $1 million over five years to pursue “curiosity-driven, ambitious research.”
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Revisiting Berkeley’s 1923 fire 100 years later

College of Natural Resources - Thu, 09/21/2023 - 09:48
Destruction caused by the Berkeley fire of September 17, 1923. September 21, 2023

ESPM professor Scott Stephens spoke to Berkeleyside about the city’s continued fire risk in a series commemorating the centennial of its 1923 fire.

2023 MCB Outstanding Postdoc Awards

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - 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

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - 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...

Innovations on the Menu

College of Natural Resources - Tue, 09/19/2023 - 13:32
A man stands at a lectern before the audience. A graphic displaying the words "Agriculture" and "Climate Change" is displayed on a screen behind him. September 19, 2023

Conference engages industry leaders, policymakers, academics, investors, and entrepreneurs in discussions of revolutions in agricultural and food science.

A mini-camp with major impact

College of Natural Resources - Mon, 09/18/2023 - 12:53
Image of students at forestry mini camp September 18, 2023

California community college students are introduced to UC Berkeley’s forestry program through a condensed weeklong program.

Conboy Lab changes the measurement of biological age

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 09/15/2023 - 12:05

cover of Aging journal 9/15/23

Research from Professor Irina Conboy's lab is on the cover of the journal "Aging" this week, highlighting their exciting new research in the measurement of biological age. Their work shows that commonly-used Elastic Net DNA methylation clocks have low accuracy, and present an alternative using noise-detecting cytosines, measuring the pressure of aging and disease on an organism. BioE PhD student Xiaoyue Mei and undergraduate alumnus Joshua Blanchard are first authors.
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Student Spotlight: Areidy Beltran-Peña

College of Natural Resources - Thu, 09/14/2023 - 11:40
Areidy at Hearst Mining Circles September 14, 2023

The recent graduate and climate change scientist spoke to us about her time at UC Berkeley and her future as a Stanford University postdoc.

Brohawn promoted to associate professor

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - 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...


Whendee Silver to deliver 2023 Reeburgh Lecture at AGU Fall Meeting

College of Natural Resources - Tue, 09/12/2023 - 11:14
Head shot of Whendee Silver September 13, 2023

The ESPM professor was chosen in recognition of her pioneering contributions to global biogeochemistry.

We're Hiring | Assistant Professor of GGED

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - 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. 

Addressing the health hazards of climate change

College of Natural Resources - Fri, 09/08/2023 - 17:29
A photo of an oil refinery in Richmond. Photo by Scott Hess/Creative Commons. September 11, 2023

From wildfire smoke to sea level rise, CEEJ researchers are working to address identify and mitigate the health hazards of climate change.