Three U.S. Department of Energy-funded research centers – the BioEnergy Science Center (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (University of Wisconsin–Madison and Michigan State University), and the Joint BioEnergy Institute (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) – are making progress on a shared mission to develop technologies that will bring advanced biofuels to the marketplace, reporting today the disclosure of their 500th invention. Read more on the JBEI website.
New research shows for the first time that PET scans can track the progressive stages of Alzheimer’s disease in cognitively normal adults, a key advance in the early diagnosis and staging of the neurodegenerative disorder. William Jagust, senior faculty scientist in the Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging Division, is the study’s principal investigator. A video abstract of the findings, published March 2 in the journal Neuron, can be found here. Read more at UC Berkeley News.
Steven E. Brenner, faculty biologist in the Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology Division and Professor, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, has been conferred with Fellow status in the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB). Fellows are ISCB members who have distinguished themselves through exceptional contributions to the fields of computational biology and bioinformatics. Brenner was recognized for his significant research contributions to protein analysis and genetics, and notable organizational service to the field, especially through Critical Assessment of Genome Interpretation (CAGI) and DREAM competitions. Brenner is one of thirteen Fellows selected for this year’s class, which will be introduced at Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology 2016 in Orlando, Florida, in July.
Faculty biochemist Jennifer Doudna recently sat down with Maria Sterrett, a Genetics Society of America (GSA) member, for the Genes to Genomes blog series, “Behind the Podium.” The UC Berkeley professor and HHMI investigator is now famous for her contribution to the development of the CRISPR/Cas9 system for genome editing and will be one of the keynote speakers at The Allied Genetics Conference (TAGC), set to take place in Orlando this July. In the interview, Doudna stressed the pivotal role played in the scientific community by societies like GSA, saying how important it is “to foster a great community of scientists to exchange ideas.” She also observed that societies encourage younger scientists to get involved in the field and introduce them to the cutting edge advances of their field. Read her interview in Genes to Genomes.
Antioch High School juniors practiced their job application skills on February 26 during mock interviews held at LBL’s Biosciences Emery Station Operations Center (ESOC). The students, who are taking part in the Biotech Partners program, are getting ready for their interviews in order to get summer internships. The ESOC operations staff was on hand to … Read more »