Divisions & Units - Biological Sciences

London’s Royal Society elects four from Berkeley

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.

Nine faculty elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

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.

Berkeley Talks: Jennifer Doudna on the future of gene editing

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.

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative launches effort to increase diversity of STEM students

April 10, 2019

In an effort to increase the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students in science, engineering and mathematics, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) is partnering with UC Berkeley and UC San Diego to expand a successful program that has operated for 30 years at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

Berkeley Talks: Neurobiologist David Presti on the ritual use of psychoactive plants

March 28, 2019

For millennia, humans have cultivated deep relationships with psychoactive plants. David Presti, who teaches neurobiology, psychology, and cognitive science at UC Berkeley, gave this talk March 21 for the opening of the Lounge Lecture Series at the Phoebe A.

Fossil barnacles, the original GPS, help track ancient whale migrations

March 25, 2019

A UC Berkeley study of fossilized barnacles is helping scientists reconstruct the migrations of whale populations millions of years in the past. The study, authored by integrative biology professor Seth Finnegan and doctoral student Larry Taylor, will help scientists understand how migration patterns may have affected the evolution of whales over the past 3 to 5 million years, how these patterns changed with changing climate and may help predict how modern whales will adapt to the rapid climate change happening today.

Seven early-career faculty win Sloan Research Fellowships

February 20, 2019

Seven assistant professors from the fields of astronomy, biology, computer science, economics and statistics have been named 2019 Sloan Research Fellows. They include Courtney Dressing, astronomy; Shirshendu Ganguly, statistics; Priya Moorjani, molecular and cell biology; and Philipp Strack and Gabriel Zucman, economics.

U.S. patent office indicates it will issue third CRISPR patent to UC

February 8, 2019

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a notice of allowance for a University of California patent application covering systems and methods for using single molecule guide RNAs that, when combined with the Cas9 protein, create more efficient and effective ways for scientists to target and edit genes. U.S.

Scientists find new and smaller CRISPR gene editor: CasX

February 4, 2019

A new gene-editing protein, CasX, may give CRISPR-Cas9 a run for its money. Discovered two years ago by UC Berkeley scientists Jill Banfield and Jennifer Doudna in some of the world’s smallest bacteria, the enzyme's size creates an advantage in delivering a gene editor into a cell.

Dr. Gentry Patrick Speaking Feb 1

January 31, 2019

Dr. Gentry Patrick

How does one take a kid from Compton on a life journey and academic career path to Professor in Neurobiology at UC San Diego by way of UC Berkeley (B.A.), Harvard University (Ph.D.), and postdoctoral studies at California Institute of Technology?