Trees ablaze in a wildfire.

Lisa Barcellos works to uncover biological effects of exposure to wildfire smoke

UC Berkeley Epidemiology and Computational Biology Professor Lisa Barcellos has received $1.46 million to study how wildfire smoke affects the DNA of people living in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. The grant is supported by VoLo Foundation, an organization dedicated to understanding climate change and its long-term effects, and facilitating solutions to address it.. Barcellos…

Graphic of Samantha Lewis in a lab coat looking into a microscope.

Lewis receives NSF CAREER award

QB3-Berkeley faculty affiliate Samantha Lewis recently received an NSF CAREER award for 2024-2029 for her research on Mitochondrial genome partitioning and quality control. Lewis is an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology.

Graphic of headshots of the 2024 Bakar Spark Awardees.

Liana Lareau and Jennifer Listgarten selected for 2024 Spark Awards

This year’s Spark Award recipients embody the spirit of innovation and collaboration that defines UC Berkeley’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. From therapeutics for cancer patients to more sustainable power sources for the AI revolution, our new cohort of Faculty Fellows have proven their readiness to address society’s greatest challenges. The Bakar Fellows Program has been committed to…

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Berkeley’s ecosystem of innovation, entrepreneurship combats climate change

Climate change has become a pervasive influence in nearly every facet of our lives. From the air we breathe to the food we eat and the vehicles we drive, the way we navigate the world impacts our environment, often in negative ways. UC Berkeley is a powerhouse for energy and climate research where faculty, postdocs…

Faculty focus on Karthik Shekhar

Karthik Shekhar is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. Shekhar’s lab is broadly interested in gaining a molecular understanding of cellular diversity in complex tissues, as well as investigating its developmental and evolutionary origins, and its biological consequences for tissue function and degeneration. They use high-throughput single-cell genomic measurements to…

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Abby Dernburg elected to National Academy of Sciences

At the conclusion of its annual gathering this week, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) announced the election of 120 new members and 24 new international members, among them UC Berkeley’s Abby Dernburg, professor of molecular and cell biology and a senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Also elected was Ramamoorthy Ramesh, a…

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Teresa Head-Gordon receives Humboldt Research Award

Professor Teresa Head-Gordon, Chancellor’s Professor of Chemistry, Bioengineering, and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, has been honored with a prestigious research award from the Humboldt Foundation, known for fostering collaboration with German scientists. Established in 1953, this award includes an invitation to engage in up to a year of working with peers at a German research institution. The award, which…

Headshots of seven Berkeley faculty members elected to AAAS.

Seven UC Berkeley scientists elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Seven UC Berkeley scientists — including a chemist, a psychologist, an engineer, two biologists and two physicists — are among 250 new members elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences today. The Academy recognizes excellence and convenes leaders from every field of human endeavor to examine new ideas, address issues of importance to the nation…