Divisions & Units - Biological Sciences

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.

Increased UV from Ozone Depletion Sterilizes Trees

February 7, 2018

Integrative Biology graduate student Jeffrey Benca has found that pine trees become temporarily sterile when exposed to ultraviolet radiation. Read more...

National Academy of Sciences award for Jennifer Doudna

January 17, 2018
Jennifer Doudna, a professor of molecular and cell biology and of chemistry, received the 2018 NAS Award in Chemical Sciences for “pioneering discoveries on how RNA can fold to function in complex ways” and the invention, with Emmanuelle Charpentier, of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology.