Divisions & Units - Biological Sciences

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.

CZ Biohub awards nearly $14.5 million to Berkeley researchers

February 8, 2017

Thirteen UC Berkeley faculty, seven of them women, are among 47 new investigators chosen by the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub to receive up to $1.5 million each over the next five years to conduct cutting-edge biomedical research — with no strings attached.

Berkeley biologist boosts cells’ strategy to survive

February 6, 2017

The Bakar Fellows Program supports research by biochemist James Hurley, professor of molecular and cell biology, to develop a new drug to boost the natural autophagy process. 

Doudna awarded Japan Prize for invention of CRISPR gene editing

February 3, 2017

Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier were awarded the Japan Prize today for their invention of the revolutionary gene-editing technology known as CRISPR-Cas9, which has swept into research labs around the world and is already yielding new therapies for cancer and hereditary diseases.

Remembering William K. Bowes, Jr. (1926–2016)

January 31, 2017

The University of California, Berkeley, mourns the loss of William K. Bowes, Jr., a visionary leader in business, education, medical research, and philanthropy — and a tireless supporter of Berkeley. He passed away Dec. 28 at the age of 90.

Berkeley CRISPR research institute expands into agriculture, microbiology

January 25, 2017

An initiative launched two years ago by UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco to use CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing to develop new disease therapies is expanding into research on the planet’s major crops and poorly understood microbiomes, with plans to invest $125 million in these areas over the next five years.

UC Berkeley uses the commonalities of cancer and infectious disease to improve treatments for both

January 19, 2017

A booming field called immunotherapy - pioneered at UC Berkeley - proves that studying the way the immune system deals with cancer cells and pathogens could greatly improve therapies for both.

Berkeley scientists reprogram embryonic stem cells to expand their potential

January 17, 2017

Researchers from UC Berkeley have found a way to reprogram mouse embryonic stem cells so that they exhibit developmental characteristics resembling those of fertilized eggs, or zygotes.

Berkeley scientists find compact CRISPR systems in some of world’s smallest microbes

December 23, 2016

UC Berkeley scientists have discovered simple CRISPR systems similar to CRISPR-Cas9 — a gene-editing tool that has revolutionized biology — in previously unexplored bacteria that have eluded efforts to grow them in the laboratory.

Berkeley biologist uses drones to help monitor health of giant sequoias

December 13, 2016

Todd Dawson, a professor of integrative biology and environmental science, policy and management at UC Berkeley has teamed up with Parrot to test the company’s drone-based research tools as a way to monitor the Sierra Nevada’s giant sequoias more intensively, helping him find out how they utilize water and sunlight and predict how they will deal with a warmer Earth and changes in water supply.