Divisions & Units - Biological Sciences

What we inherited from our bug-eating ancestors

May 16, 2018

Based on an analysis of the genomes of 107 different species of mammals, University of California, Berkeley, scientists in the Department of Integrative Biology conclude that our distant ancestors – the small, furry creatures that scurried around the feet of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago – were mostly insect eaters. Read more...

New structure of tau protein, a key player in Alzheimer’s disease

May 14, 2018

A team led by Eva Nogales, a UC Berkeley professor of molecular and cell biology, senior faculty scientist at Berkeley Lab and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, has now determined the detailed structure of the tau protein when bound to microtubules. The tau protein is a key player in Alzheimer's disease. Read more... 

National Academy of Sciences adds five Berkeley faculty members to its ranks

May 1, 2018

A chemist, two neuroscientists, a geophysicist and a computer scientist at UC Berkeley are among 84 new members and 21 new foreign associates of the National Academy of Sciences announced today. Read more...

Editing brain activity with holography

April 30, 2018

What if we could edit the sensations we feel; paste in our brain pictures that we never saw, cut out unwanted pain or insert non-existent scents into memory? UC Berkeley neuroscientists are building the equipment to do just that! Read more...

This Week: Physical Education Spring Dance & Showcase

April 25, 2018

This article was written by Ada Locke, an undergraduate senior in the College of Letters & Science. She will be graduating this Spring with a degree in Molecular & Cell Biology. Throughout her time as a student, she has participated in several physical education program classes (and loved them).

Did last ice age affect breast feeding in Native Americans?

April 23, 2018

The latest research from Dr. Leslea Hlusko, Associate Professor of Integrative Biology, and her lab shows that you never know where basic research is going to take you.  "The critical role that breast feeding plays in infant survival may have led, during the last ice age, to a common genetic mutation in East Asians and Native Americans that also, surprisingly, affects the shape of their teeth." Read more...

Women in science event leaves a lasting impression

April 23, 2018

Dr. Leslea Hlusko, a faculty member in the Department of Integrative Biology, blogs about her Cal Day experience serving on a Science@Cal panel talking about encouraging young women into the sciences. Read more...

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!