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Bakar Fellows Program Announces 2023 Spark Award Recipients

There is a reason why UC Berkeley consistently ranks as one of the top universities for entrepreneurship. The 2023 Spark Award recipients are a prime example of the power of breakthrough research combined with an entrepreneurial campus ecosystem. This year, the Spark Award call expanded to include UC San Francisco faculty who are collaborating with…

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Shekhar Wins Funding in Final Year of Scialog: Microbiome, Neurobiology and Disease

Eight cross-disciplinary teams with novel ideas to probe the relationship between the gut microbiome and the brain will receive awards totaling $1 million in the final year of Scialog: Microbiome, Neurobiology and Disease), an initiative sponsored by Research Corporation for Science Advancement, The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group and the Frederick Gardner Cottrell Foundation, with support from the Walder Foundation. The…

Illustration of neural network with red, orange, and yellow splotches representing high activity, connected by green and light blue areas of lower activity and surrounded by purple and black areas of low or no activity.

Karthik Shekhar has been named a 2023 McKnight Scholar

The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience has announced the selection of ten neuroscientists to receive the 2023 McKnight Scholar Award. Karthik Shekhar, Asst. Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at UC Berkeley, has been awarded a scholarship for his project entitled Evolution of neural diversity and patterning in the visual system. Prof. Shekhar is also a member of…

Eva Nogales.

Eva Nogales Wins Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine

Eva Nogales, a senior faculty scientist in Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (Berkeley Lab) Biosciences Area, has won the 2023 Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine for pioneering structural biology that enabled visualization, at the level of individual atoms, of the protein machines responsible for gene transcription, one of life’s fundamental processes. Nogales, who is also a…

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How does the universe work? Promoting diversity can help answer that.

Science has been considered a purely objective field of study that has produced research to cure diseases, map out the anatomies of living things and explore our planet and the universe. But UC Berkeley Bioengineering Professor Aaron Streets says it is important for those who conduct that research “to represent the full diversity of human…

Susan Marqusee.

Chemist Susan Marqusee takes leading role at National Science Foundation

Susan Marqusee, a biophysical chemist who headed the UC Berkeley arm of the California Institute of Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) for 10 years, until 2020, has been chosen to lead the Directorate for Biological Sciences of the National Science Foundation (NSF) — the major funder of basic life sciences research in the United States. “I am excited for…

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Donald Rio elected to National Academy of Sciences

Seven UC Berkeley faculty members were among 120 new members and 23 new international members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) announced this week, an honor that recognizes their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. The seven new members are neuroscientist Marla Feller, herpetologist Tyrone Hayes, economists Hilary Hoynes and Emmanuel Saez, chemists Jeffrey Long and T. Don Tilley and biochemist Donald Rio. There…