Divisions & Units - Biological Sciences

The Innovative Genomics Institute Launches the Shurl & Kay Curci Foundation Faculty Scholars Program

June 1, 2017

The Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI) is officially launching The Shurl & Kay Curci Foundation (SKCF) Faculty Scholars Program thanks to a $1 million gift from the Shurl & Kay Curci Foundation.

Divisions of L&S

Arts & Humanities

The division seeks to inspire students to seek for truth and explore creative ideas about our world and its diverse cultures through courses in literature, arts, languages, and philosophy.

Michael Botchan named dean of biological sciences

May 15, 2017

Michael Botchan, interim dean of the Division of Biological Sciences in the College of Letters & Science at UC Berkeley, has been appointed to be permanent dean of the division. He has held the position on an interim basis since July 1, 2016.

Folk contraceptives lead researchers to drugs that block fertilization

May 15, 2017

Berkeley researchers found two chemicals in anti-fertility folk medicines that block a key step in fertilization – the meeting of egg and sperm – and may make effective alternatives to today’s hormone-based contraceptives, which sometimes cause side effects.

Berkeley neuroscientists work to restore smell to those who have lost it

May 11, 2017

University of California, Berkeley, neuroscientists have now combined new techniques for sequencing the RNA in single cells with detailed statistical analysis to more easily track individual stem cells in the nose, uncovering clues that someday could help restore smell to those who have lost it.

Berkeley biologists rekindling the hope of an HIV cure

May 8, 2017

Several recent studies from UC Berkeley have rekindled the hope of curing an HIV infection by luring it out of its latent state, making treatment much more effective. The labs of Qiang Zhou and Jim Hurley, professors in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, have been leading the efforts to investigate this new approach to treating HIV. 

Pac-Man-like CRISPR enzymes have potential for disease diagnostics

May 4, 2017

University of California, Berkeley, researchers have described 10 new CRISPR enzymes that, once activated, behave like Pac-Man to chew up RNA in a way that could be used as sensitive detectors of infectious viruses.

UC appeals U.S. patent board decision on CRISPR-Cas9

April 13, 2017

The University of California, the University of Vienna and Emmanuelle Charpentier (collectively UC) on Wednesday, April 12, filed an appeal to overturn a decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) that terminated the interference between a UC patent application for CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology and the patent applications and issued patents of the Broad Institute, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Don’t Miss the Berkeley Grad Slam Championship!

April 4, 2017

See eight graduate student semi-finalists (including 4 from L&S) compete to be the Berkeley Champion!