Divisions & Units - Biological Sciences

Eighth CRISPR patent issued by U.S.; seven more soon to come

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. 

Randy Schekman: Don’t put science ‘behind a paywall’

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.

An immunologist and a bioengineer are named 2019 Pew Scholars

June 18, 2019

Immunologist Michel DuPage, an assistant professor of molecular and cell biology, was named one of Berkeley's two new Pew Scholars.

When it comes to climate change, don’t forget the microbes

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.

GlaxoSmithKline taps UC’s CRISPR expertise to speed drug discovery

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.

Triple major Pouya Amin is one step closer to becoming a medical scientist

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.

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).