Divisions & Units - Biological Sciences

Six faculty members elected to National Academy of Sciences

May 9, 2016

The National Academy of Sciences announced today the election of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates, including six from UC Berkeley.

Scientists map brain’s thesaurus to help decode inner thoughts

May 2, 2016

UC Berkeley scientists have built a “semantic atlas” that shows in vivid colors and multiple dimensions how the human brain organizes language. The atlas identifies brain areas that respond to words that have similar meanings.

Copper essential for burning fat, researchers find

June 13, 2016

University of California, Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Howard Hughes Medical Institute researchers have now clarified the critical role that copper plays in nutrition: It helps move fat out of fat cells – called adipocytes – and into the blood stream for use as energy.

UC Berkeley biologist Mu-ming Poo awarded $500,000 Gruber Neuroscience Prize

June 10, 2016

UC Berkeley biologist Mu-ming Poo has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Gruber Neuroscience Prize for work showing how the brain’s circuitry changes in response to life experiences.

From DNA to Diversity: Berkeley Biologists Explore Mutations

June 17, 2016

New research is uncovering how mutations - errors made when DNA is copied or consequences of chance chemical reactions - are in fact the seeds of life’s diversity.