Divisions & Units - Biological Sciences

Global Talent for a Global University: The Curci Foundation Ph.D. Scholarship Program

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.

Investment transforms life sciences and business ecosystem

October 23, 2020

With a visionary investment connecting life sciences to entrepreneurship, Mark and Stephanie Robinson are fast tracking innovation at UC Berkeley. The Robinsons have given a total of $10 million to support bio-entrepreneurship at Berkeley, creating resources for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty that leverage our university’s edge in basic science research while preparing the next generation of business leaders.

Biological Sciences

Leadership

Dean Michael BotchanDean Michael R. Botchan

Programs, Departments, and People

Programs in Biological Sciences

To learn more about various biological programs and research projects in L&S, visit the links below.

UC Berkeley’s Jennifer Doudna wins 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

October 7, 2020

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.

Contraceptive researcher Polina Lishko receives MacArthur “genius” award

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.

Advice for Remote Teaching

Remote Teaching Best Practices

Prepared by the Pedagogy Task Force for Social Science: Sabrina C. Agarwal, Elena Schneider, Jon Steinsson, and Kevin S. Weiner

How do you cultivate a healthy plant microbiome?

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

Berkeley Talks: Nobel laureate Randy Schekman on new Parkinson’s research

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).