Divisions & Units - Biological Sciences

Smallest life forms have smallest working CRISPR system

October 18, 2018

An ancient group of microbes that contains some of the smallest life forms on Earth also has the smallest CRISPR gene-editing machinery discovered to date. The made by a group including Berkeley graduate student Lucas Harrington and Professor Jennifer Doudna of the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology.

Doudna receives Medal of Honor from American Cancer Society

October 18, 2018

The American Cancer Society will bestow its highest honor, the Medal of Honor, on Jennifer Doudna and four others — including former Vice President Joseph Biden Jr. The medal is awarded to distinguished individuals who have made valuable contributions in the fight against cancer through basic research, clinical research and cancer control.

National Academy of Medicine elects three faculty members to its ranks

October 17, 2018

Three UC Berkeley faculty members were elected this week to the National Academy of Medicine, considered one of the highest honors in health and medicine. Among them are John Kuriyan, a professor of molecular and cell biology and of chemistry; and Barbara Meyer, a professor of molecular and cell biology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator;

Meet our new faculty: Priya Moorjani, molecular and cell biology

October 9, 2018

Priya Moorjani, who received her Ph.D. from Harvard, is joining the faculty as an assistant professor of genetics, genomics, and development.

Xu, Titov receive million-dollar New Innovator awards

October 9, 2018

Assistant professor Ke Xu of chemistry and Denis Titov of molecular and cell biology — were among 89 recipients of “high-risk, high-reward” grants announced last week by the National Institutes of Health. The awards, which support “unusually innovative research from early career investigators” who have never received an NIH grant before, come with $1.5 million in direct funds for five years.

UC Berkeley research led to Nobel Prize-winning immunotherapy

October 1, 2018

Immunologist James P. Allison today shared the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for groundbreaking work he conducted on cancer immunotherapy at the University of California, Berkeley, during his 20 years as director of the campus’s Cancer Research Laboratory.

Meet our new faculty: Steven Ross Murray, physical education

September 25, 2018

Steven Ross Murray, who received a Doctor of Arts from Middle Tennessee State University, is joining the faculty as director of the Physical Education Program.

Gut bacteria’s shocking secret: They produce electricity

September 12, 2018

"While bacteria that produce electricity have been found in exotic environments like mines and the bottoms of lakes, scientists have missed a source closer to home: the human gut." Read more...

Doudna honored at Kavli Prize ceremonies in Norway

September 4, 2018

CRISPR-Cas9 inventor Jennifer Doudna, a UC Berkeley professor of chemistry and of molecular and cell biology, was awarded the 2018 Kavli Prize in Nanoscience today in Norway during a gala ceremony hosted by King Harald V.