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.
Scientists working as part of a multi-investigator ENIGMA (Ecosystems & Networks Integrated with Genes and Molecular Assemblies Scientific Focus Area) project have determined that protein-protein interactions occur more frequently among proteins with similar functions. The team of researchers, led by Gareth Butland in the Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology Division, used high throughput functional genomics to study the protein-protein interactome of the model sulfate reducing bacterium Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough. Their findings critically re-evaluate published bacterial interaction networks and establish benchmarks for high confidence protein interactomes. The manuscript can be found online at Molecular and Cellular Proteomics.
Susan Celniker, Senior Scientist and Deputy Director of the Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology Division, has been honored as the recipient of the 2016 George W. Beadle Award for her outstanding contributions to the Drosophila community, in both research and service. This award was established by the Genetics Society of America (GSA) in 1999 to honor Beadle (1903–1989) who served as the President of GSA in 1946 and was a respected academic, administrator, and public servant. Celniker will be presented with this award at The Allied Genetics Conference (TAGC), July 13–17, 2016, in Orlando, Florida. Read more on GSA’s blog, Genes to Genomes.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has won seven 2015 R&D 100 awards. This year’s winners include two technologies developed by researchers in the Biosciences Area. Ben Bowen of the Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology Division and Oliver Rübel of the Computational Research Division led the development of OpenMSI, a new way to analyze and visualize mass spectrometry data. Seung-Wuk Lee of the Biological Systems and Engineering Division led the development of the Sensor Integrated with Recombinant and Engineered Nanophage (SIREN) platform. SIREN uses bio-nanofilms with tunable functionality to create portable devices for detecting small molecules of interest. Read more about these and the other five R&D 100 Awards won by Berkeley Lab at the News Center.