Department News

Below are articles from various sources about members of MCB and their research.

4D Molecular Therapeutics, co-founded by MCB & BioEngineering Professor David Schaffer has received $3 million in funding from Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics Inc.

4D Molecular Therapeutics is a developer and manufacturer of gene therapeutic products. The funding will help them begin clinical trials of a new gene therapy treatment, 4D-710, on cystic fibrosis patients.

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September 19, 2017

Congratulations to Florentine Rutaganira (postdoc in Professor Nicole King's Lab), who has been named an HHMI Hanna Gray Fellow. HHMI’s Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program seeks to encourage talented early career scientists who have the potential to become leaders in academic research. Each of the 15 fellows will get up to $1.4M in funding covering Post-doc and assistant professor transitions.

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September 19, 2017

The lab of MCB Associate Professor Dan Nomura (also affiliated with Chemistry and Nutritional Sciences & Toxicology) has determined how a natural product results in the suppression of breast cancer tumor growth, and developed a synthetic molecule to mimic its effect. MCB graduate student, Carl Ward, was one of the first authors on this paper.

This research can help develop new methods of synthesizing effective cancer treatments from natural products.

September 14, 2017

A team of researchers led by MCB Professor and HHMI Investigator Eva Nogales has successfully resolved the 3-D structure of transcription factor IIH (TFIIH) using cryo-electron microscopy at near atomic resolution.

This new technique allows structural biologists to visualize how specific molecules interact with target proteins in cells, and how protein mutations affect cell function.

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September 13, 2017

Are you interested in building relationships with local industry companies looking to engage with the MCB research community? Join us for the next MCB Industrial Affiliates Program (IAP) event on September 22nd. The symposium will feature presentations by industry partners about career opportunities within their companies well as an interactive poster session highlighting the research of MCB students and postdocs. Please contact mcbiap@berkeley.edu for event details or visit our website to learn more about the program.

September 08, 2017

Sophomores Nissma Bencheikh (intended MCB major) and Roaya Jannatipour (intended IB major) became fast friends at Berkeley their freshman year. But it turns out they had a lot more in common than their love for biology!

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September 06, 2017

MCB Professor and HHMI Investigator Nicole King's lab in conjunction with Jon Clardy's lab at Harvard Medical School have discovered that a bacterial protein can act as an aphrodisiac and trigger mating in the closest living relatives of all animals - choanoflagellates.

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September 05, 2017

The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute (HWNI) are soliciting applications for an Open-Level (tenure-track or tenured) faculty position in Neurobiology. The position will be at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level and rank will be determined on qualifications and experience. The expected start date is July 1, 2018. 

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September 01, 2017

The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, is soliciting applications for a faculty position in the area of Host/Microbe Interactions at the level of Assistant Professor (tenure track). We seek applicants who are studying how interactions with microbes shape the biology (at all levels) of animals and other eukaryotes. The expected start date is July 1, 2018.

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September 01, 2017

MCB would like to welcome the incoming graduate student class for Fall 2017.  Here's to new beginnings!

Incoming MCB Graduate Student Class of 2017

August 25, 2017

Professor Emeritus G. Steven Martin has agreed to serve as Interim Vice Chancellor for Research for the Fall 2017 semester. He replaces Paul Alivisatos who is now the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. Welcome, Steve!

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August 22, 2017

New research from MCB Assistant Professor Dirk Hockemeyer has revealed more precisely the role of telomeres and telomerase in aging and cell immortalization.

Hockemeyer’s research could lead to the development of novel methods of cancer treatment, targeting cancerous cells that have exploited telomerase to divide indefinitely.

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August 17, 2017

Professor Jennifer Doudna was one of five distiniguished researchers honored with the Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine for her discovery of CRISPR-Cas9, a remarkable gene editing system that has been called the “discovery of the century.”

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August 16, 2017

Chancellor Christ shares campus priorities, which tie directly into the mission of UC Berkeley: building community, undergraduate education, equity & inclusion, research in service to the public, and creating a new financial model. MCB is on board to do its part!

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August 16, 2017

MCB celebrates some of its incredible undergrad researchers of 2017 -- see our Spring Newsletter feature. As the Fall Semester approaches, we look forward to seeing returning students and interacting with a new batch too!

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August 11, 2017

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