University of California, Berkeley, biochemist Jennifer Doudna today won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, sharing it with colleague Emmanuelle Charpentier for the co-development of CRISPR-Cas9, a genome editing breakthrough that has revolutionized biomedicine.
October 7, 2020
October 6, 2020
Polina Lishko, a Ukrainian-born physiologist whose work at the University of California, Berkeley, has already led to the development of promising new non-hormonal contraceptives for women and could lead to male or unisex contraceptives, has been chosen to receive a 2020 MacArthur “genius” Award.
October 2, 2020
Aware of the vital importance of exemplary graduate students in life sciences research, the Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation has initiated a scholarship program to provide funding for new Ph.D. students. But its efforts go far beyond simple, across-the-board scholarship support. Holding a firm belief that all qualified applicants should be included in the life sciences enterprise, the Foundation has chosen to focus on two groups that do not traditionally garner the strongest financial support -- international students and women. The Curci Foundation Ph.D.
May 4, 2020
April 30, 2020
Congratulations to L&S faculty from the departments of Molecular and Cell Biology; Psychology; Astronomy; Economics; and Physics.
Read more about faculty elected to the American Academy of Arts and Science at new.berkeley.edu.
December 6, 2019
A new study led by Britt Koskella, a UC Berkeley assistant professor of integrative biology, used experimental evolution to help identify the core microbiome of commercial tomatoes
October 4, 2019
Randy Schekman, a professor of molecular and cell biology at UC Berkeley and winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, spoke at the Aging, Research and Technology Innovation Summit on Sept. 17. He spoke about Parkinson’s disease, including a new collaborative research initiative he is leading called Aligning Science Across Parkinson’s (ASAP).
September 24, 2019
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted the University of California (UC) and its partners, the University of Vienna and Emmanuelle Charpentier, a new CRISPR-Cas9 patent, bringing the team’s continually expanding patent portfolio to 15. In the coming months, based on applications allowed by the USPTO, UC’s CRISPR-Cas9 patent portfolio will increase to 18. Together, these patents cover compositions and methods for CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing, including targeting and editing genes and modulating transcription in any setting, such as within plant, animal and human cells.
September 12, 2019
A $20 million gift will support research at UC Berkeley and UCSF into dyslexia and similar neurodevelopmental language-processing disorders as part of the new UCSF-UC Berkeley Schwab Dyslexia and Cognitive Diversity Center. The joint program will draw on research in neuroscience, cognitive psychology, education and public health, among other disciplines. At UC Berkeley, it will be headquartered in Berkeley Way West, the building that houses the UC Berkeley Department of Psychology, School of Public Health, and Graduate School of Education.
August 29, 2019
Transfer student Novene Cusseaux, from Vallejo, California, plans to study genetics and plant biology. “With genetics, there are a lot of things that haven’t been discovered yet. I just want to find out something new that we didn’t know existed... Now it should be my time to show my kids that you can do it at any age. You need to practice what you preach.”
August 15, 2019
Dozens of paleontologists around the world – all of them women – to glue on beards for photos now being exhibited at the Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS) at the University of California, Berkeley.
July 16, 2019
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has awarded a new patent to the University of California (UC), University of Vienna, and Dr. Emmanuelle Charpentier covering methods of producing a genetically modified cell through the introduction of the Cas9 protein, or a nucleic acid encoding the Cas9 protein, as well as a single molecule DNA-targeting RNA. This patent (U.S. 10,351,878) covers the use of this method in a cell.
June 20, 2019
“Scientific research shouldn’t sit behind a paywall,” writes UC Berkeley professor Randy Schekman in a new op-ed in Scientific American.
June 18, 2019
Scientists focused on anticipating and preventing the major impacts ofclimate change shouldn’t forget the effect on Earth’s microbes, says Britt Koskella, an evolutionary biologist and assistant professor of integrative biology at UC Berkeley. “Bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms support the existence of all higher lifeforms... but are rarely the focus of climate change research, education or policy.”
Immunologist Michel DuPage, an assistant professor of molecular and cell biology, was named one of Berkeley's two new Pew Scholars.
June 13, 2019
Jennifer Doudna, a professor of molecular and cell biology and chemistry at Berkeley, and UCSF's Jonathan Weissman are the key players in a new collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline to apply CRISPR techniques to the discovery of new drug targets, potentially leading to new therapies for genetic diseases.
May 15, 2019
Pouya Amin, a triple major, will be graduating in May with degrees in molecular and cell biology — immunology and pathogenesis; nutritional sciences — physiology and metabolism; and psychology.
April 18, 2019
The Royal Society of London, the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence, announced their newest fellows this week, among them three L&S faculty - developmental biologist Richard Harland, climate scientist Inez Fung plant biologist Brian Staskawicz.
April 17, 2019
Nine UC Berkeley faculty have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among them are Judith Butler, the Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program of Critical Theory; Eugene Chiang, a professor of astronomy and of earth and planetary science; Kam-Biu Luk, a professor of physics; Emi Nakamura, the Chancellor’s Professor of Economics; Kristin Scott, a professor of molecular and cell biology; and Chris Shannon, the Richard and Lisa Steiny Professor of Economics.
April 16, 2019
Jennifer Doudna spoke at UC Berkeley’s International House on Feb. 21, 2019, about the revolutionary gene-editing tool she co-invented, CRISPR-Cas9.