Three scientists affiliated with the Biosciences Area have been recognized by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), one as the recipient of an NAS award and two as newly elected members. On Sunday, the NAS formally presented its 2018 NAS Award in Chemical Sciences to Jennifer Doudna, a faculty biochemist in the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging (MBIB) Division. The award cites Doudna, a professor of molecular and cell biology, and of chemistry, at UC Berkeley, as the co-inventor of “the technology for efficient site-specific genome engineering using CRISPR/Cas9 nucleases.”
Among the group of 84 new members elected to the NAS are Judith Campisi, a biochemist affiliated with Biological Systems and Engineering Division, and Ehud “Udi” Isacoff, an MBIB faculty biologist. Campisi (pictured, left) is a professor at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, Calif, and the co-founder of a biotech company that is developing therapies for tissue restoration. She is widely known for her research on a cell type associated with aging and the promotion of disease, and her research interests include aging, tumor suppression, genomic stability, and cell-cycle control. Isacoff (pictured, right), a professor of neurobiology and director of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute and Molecular Imaging Center at UC Berkeley, focuses on cellular and tissue imaging, neural circuit function, and the design of probes to detect neuronal signaling. Read the press release in the Berkeley Lab News Center.