Divisions & Units - Biological Sciences

Meet a live octopus!

April 20, 2018

Scientists from the Department of Integrative Biology obtained special permits to display kelp forest sea creatures in the Valley Life Sciences Building for Cal Day. Among the animals to be seen, there's an octopus and hundreds of its eggs! Watch the video.

George Oster, pioneer in applying mathematics to biology, dies at 77

April 20, 2018

Professor Emeritus George Oster, who held a joint faculty appointment in Molecular & Cell Biology and the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, passed away on April 15, 2018. Read more...

Cal Museums: The Public, the Cryptic, the Pioneering

April 20, 2018
You may be aware that UC Berkeley has an impressive number of libraries (32 to be exact), but did you know that there are 12 museums/collections associated with the university as well? Many of these museums have curators who are also faculty in the College of Letters & Science, and many of our students end up working or volunteering with these collections. Cal Day is tomorrow (April 21), so in preparation, let’s take a look at what some of these hidden gems have to offer!

Enlarged spleen key to diving endurance of ‘sea nomads’

April 19, 2018

"The physical and genetic changes that have enabled the Bajau to dive longer and deeper is yet another example of the immense variety of human adaption to extreme environments, in this case, environments with low levels of oxygen, said Rasmus Nielsen, a professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley. These examples can be key to understanding human physiology and human genetics." Read more...

Calaveras Dam fossil trove gives researchers greatest local find in decades

April 18, 2018

"UC Berkeley researchers are using an exceptional stash of fossils found during the construction of a new East Bay dam to piece together a picture of what the Bay Area may have looked like some 15-20 million years ago." Read more...

Two Jr. Faculty Recognized by the American Association of Anatomists

April 17, 2018
Two Junior Faculty in the Molecular & Cell Biology Department have been honored with Young Investigator Awards by the American Association of Anatomists.

'Deep Look' into Leeches

April 13, 2018
The leech is making a comeback -- in science and medicine.

Investing in the Biological Sciences

While our research is always advancing and our teaching is always improving, our core needs remain constant. It is our people – faculty and students – who bring excellence to Berkeley, so funding for faculty positions and graduate student fellowships are our very top priorities.

 

Faculty

Beyond Diversity: Building A Culture of Inclusion in STEM Education

March 16, 2018
A special lecture and panel discussion followed by a reception. Keynote speaker is Professor Tracy Johnson from UCLA. Event also features UCLA Professor Paul Barber, and UC Berkeley Professor Tyrone B. Hayes.