Divisions & Units - Biological Sciences

Berkeley biologist's research creates color in the lab

March 30, 2017

Professor Nipam Patel is working on different ways to generate color in a lab setting. Research on colorful phenomena has inspired many technologies, from sensors to drug treatments, and has provided a glimpse into nature’s inner workings, from evolution to quantum physics.

Five Questions for David Presti

March 28, 2017
Five Questions for Professor David Presti, who teaches the popular L&S Discovery Course Drugs and the Brain

UC Berkeley Receives CRISPR Patent in Europe

March 28, 2017

The European Patent Office will grant patent rights over the use of CRISPR in all cell types to a University of California team, contrasting with a recent decision in the U.S.

Berkeley scientist explores new drug strategy: targetting ribosome to halt protein production

March 23, 2017

In a paper appearing today in the journal PLOS Biology, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and Pfizer Worldwide Research and Development report finding a small molecule that was able to block the production of a specific protein involved in LDL (low-density lipoprotein) turnover by stalling only the ribosome that produces that protein.

Berkeley biologist analyzes the long decline of Hawaiian biodiversity

March 22, 2017

Hawaii’s unique animal and plant diversity has been declining on all but the Big Island for millions of years, long before humans arrived, according to a new analysis of species diversity on the islands by University of California, Berkeley, evolutionary biologists.

City of Berkeley honors Marian Diamond, who radically changed how we think about the brain

March 16, 2017

This week, Diamond, a UC Berkeley emeritus professor of integrative biology and the first woman to earn a PhD in anatomy at Cal, is being honored by the Berkeley City Council, which is designating March 14 as Marian Diamond Day.

Berkeley scientist explores how a butterfly builds its wings

February 28, 2017
Nipam Patel started collecting butterflies when he was 8. Now an evolutionary and developmental biologist at UC Berkeley, Patel and his team are using innovative techniques to try to figure out something that’s fascinated but eluded scientists for years: How butterflies develop their extraordinary colors and patterns.

Berkeley scientist works to develop scalpel-free biopsy

February 21, 2017

Kathy Collins, professor of biophysics, biochemistry, and structural biology is launching a startup called KarnaTeq to develop and market a technology to increase the diagnostic power of scalpel-free biopsy. 

Berkeley scientist examines how to build an organism

February 13, 2017

Today, scientists can sequence the DNA of nearly any organism they wish. Yet they cannot predict the size, shape, or functions of a developing organism solely based on its DNA sequence.

Berkeley scientists use fossil record to help guide conservation in a changing world

February 10, 2017

Scientists are joining lawyers, policymakers and writers to urge conservationists not only to save species, but also to preserve a diverse array of ecosystem structures and functions in the face of rising populations and changing climate. This could include allowing some species to disappear from some areas if that means a more resilient environment able to respond to warming temperatures and loss of habitat.