Jennifer Doudna, biochemist faculty scientist in Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging, has been named a foreign member of the prestigious Royal Society. Doudna, who is also a professor of molecular and cell biology and of chemistry and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, was honored for “her work on CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology that is revolutionizing the fields of genetics, molecular biology and medicine.” She is one of 10 new foreign fellows and 50 new fellows who will be joining many of the world’s most eminent scientists in this scientific academy, which is dedicated to promoting excellence in science. Read the Royal Society announcement.
Three scientists affiliated with the Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging Division – Robert Glaeser, Krishna Niyogi, and Susan Marqusee – were among four Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)-affiliated researchers elected as members to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) this week. The election to the NAS recognizes their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
Jennifer Doudna, a faculty scientist in the Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging Divison, as well as professor of molecular and cell biology and of chemistry at UC Berkeley, will share the 2016 Canada Gairdner International Awards with four others for their roles in discovering and re-engineering the CRISPR-Cas9 system to create today’s most-talked-about genetic tool. Read more at UC Berkeley NewsCenter.
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.
Ke Xu (left) and Wenjun Zhang (right) of the Biosciences Area have been named Alfred P. Sloan Foundation fellows. Xu is a faculty chemist in the Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging Division and Zhang is a faculty biologist in the Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology Division. These scientists are two of the eight UC Berkeley assistant professors to be honored by the Foundation, along with 118 other new fellows announced today. Fellowships are awarded in eight scientific and technical fields: chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences and physics. Read more at Berkeley News.