Divisions & Units - Biological Sciences

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The College of Letters & Science supports an impressive array of learning opportunities, evident in the departments, programs, centers, majors, minors, and instructional support units below.

Gut bacteria’s shocking secret: They produce electricity

September 12, 2018

"While bacteria that produce electricity have been found in exotic environments like mines and the bottoms of lakes, scientists have missed a source closer to home: the human gut." Read more...

Doudna honored at Kavli Prize ceremonies in Norway

September 4, 2018

CRISPR-Cas9 inventor Jennifer Doudna, a UC Berkeley professor of chemistry and of molecular and cell biology, was awarded the 2018 Kavli Prize in Nanoscience today in Norway during a gala ceremony hosted by King Harald V.

Check out the Biology Scholars Program's new website!

August 30, 2018

UC Berkeley's prestigious Biology Scholars Program has a revamped website. Check it out!

Student research: Tuning into human emotion via music

August 29, 2018

Gregory Devine, a senior neurobiology and music double major, worked through the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program to study music as a form of emotion regulation with an eye to developing new forms of therapy. Devine was one of two recipients of a fellowship sponsored by the Leadership Fund, a donor-supported resource also responsible for student services such as Big Ideas courses and the On the Same Page program for incoming freshmen.

UC Berkeley leads new assessment of Bay Area climate impacts

August 27, 2018

California today issued its latest assessment of the many challenges the state faces from climate change — including wildfires like those still raging throughout the state – and highlighted for the first time the regional impacts with nine deep-dive reports spearheaded by University of California scientists. Read more...

Only at Cal: New class teaches undergrads how to ‘CRISPR’

August 21, 2018

For three weeks in July and August, 30 undergraduates took a summer course to learn how to use the revolutionary gene-editing technology in preparation for jumping into the research lab while still students. Read more...

Berkeley top U.S. public university in new ARWU rankings

August 16, 2018

The 2018 Academic Rankings of World Universities, an assessment of 500 top institutions around the globe by the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, places UC Berkeley at the pinnacle of public universities on the U.S. and fifth overall in the world. Among 54 subject areas, Berkeley ranked second in physics and statistics, third in biotechnology and economics, fourth in sociology, and fifth in computer science.

How to Edit a Human

August 14, 2018

For decades scientists aspired to modify the code of life. Tom Whipple meets Jennifer Doudna, who succeeded. Read more...

Why we itch, and why it’s so hard to stop

August 1, 2018

Diana Bautista, an associate professor of Molecular & Cell Biology, at the University of California, Berkeley, says that in the last decade, our understanding of acute itch has skyrocketed. Read more...