Divisions & Units - Biological Sciences

Three Berkeley faculty members among 15 new Searle Scholars

April 15, 2016
Three young UC Berkeley faculty members were appointed Searle Scholars this week, comprising one-fifth of the 2016 class of 15 fellows, each of whom will receive $300,000 in research support for the next three years.

Taiwan’s Tang Prizes awarded to Berkeley Scientists Doudna, Rosenfeld

June 20, 2016

Taiwan’s top science award, the Tang Prize, has gone to two UC Berkeley scientists well-known in the fields of biochemistry and physics: Jennifer Doudna, for her invention of CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing, and Arthur Rosenfeld, often called the “godfather of energy efficiency.”

Neurophysiologist and philosopher Walter Freeman dies at 89

May 2, 2016

It is with great sadness that the Division of Biological Sciences announces the passing of Walter Jackson Freeman III, a neuroscientist and philosopher known for his pioneering work on how the brain generates our perception of the world.

Doudna named foreign member of UK’s Royal Society

May 2, 2016

Biochemist Jennifer Doudna has been named a foreign member of the prestigious Royal Society, a rare honor for a UC Berkeley faculty member.

Biologist Michael Rape receives Blavatnik award for young scientists

June 22, 2016

Developmental biologist Michael Rape is one of three winners of the 2016 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists announced today in New York.

UC Berkeley scientists explore the mysteries of the fossil record

April 13, 2016
Why does North America have so many trees and so few elephants? The classic explanation is that the climate changed at the end of the Pleistocene in a way that favored denser forests, which extinguished the last of the megafauna between 13,000 and 11,000 years ago. However, UC Berkeley professor of integrative biology, Anthony Barnosky, feels there is more to the story.

UC Berkeley Researchers tap the smarts of mice, capture problem-solving in action

March 7, 2016
UC Berkeley scientists have captured unique images of problem-solving in action by tapping into the minds of mice. The study shows rapid rewiring in the rodents’ frontal brains after they learn by trial and error.

UC Berkeley biologists find robotic inspiration in the cockroach

February 9, 2016
Our fear and disgust that cockroaches can quickly squeeze through the tiniest cracks are well-justified, say UC Berkeley scientists. Not only can they squish themselves to get into one-tenth-of-an-inch crevices, but once inside they can run at high speed even when flattened in half. This finding has inspired a robot that can rapidly squeeze through cracks — a new capability for search-and-rescue in rubble resulting from tornados, earthquakes and explosions.

UC Berkeley Launches the Alliance for Global Health and Science

January 29, 2016
The Biological Sciences Division, in partnership with the School of Public Health, is proud to announce the launch of the Alliance for Global Health and Science. The Alliance for Global Health and Science seeks to build the scientific and public health research capacity in developing nations to address communicable and non-communicable threats to health within these countries.

Science magazine names CRISPR ‘Breakthrough of the Year’

December 18, 2015

In its year-end issue, the journal Science chose the CRISPR genome-editing technology invented at UC Berkeley as 2015’s Breakthrough of the Year. CRISPR was used to edit the muscle cells pictured below.