Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging (MBIB) Division Director Paul Adams has announced a number of changes in the Division leadership, effective October 1. Earlier this summer, Corie Ralston agreed to serve as the Interim Director of the Molecular Foundry’s Biological Nanostructures Facility. She will step down as MBIB Division Deputy and remain as the Head of the Berkeley Center for Structural Biology (BCSB) at the Advanced Light Source (ALS).
Cate among Five Lab Scientists Named New AAAS Fellows
The new American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) fellows include Biosciences’ Jamie Cate from the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division. The other Berkeley Lab scientists honored are Christopher Chang (Chemical Sciences), Roger Falcone (ALS), Michael Witherell (Lab Director), and Katherine Yelick (Computing Sciences). AAAS fellowships recognize leading figures in academia, the arts, science, business, and government. Read more in the Berkeley Lab News Center.
New Drug Strategy: Target Ribosome to Halt Protein Production
The discovery of a chemical compound that halts the production of a small set of proteins while leaving general protein production untouched suggests a new drug search strategy: Find compounds that target undesired proteins before they are even made. In a paper appearing in the journal PLOS Biology, described the work of researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and Pfizer Worldwide Research and Development. Faculty scientist Jamie Cate, Structural Biology Department Head in the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division, was a senior author of this study. Read the full story in Berkeley News.
When Targeting Cancer Genes, Zero in on the One Percent
UC Berkeley researchers have found a promising new drug target within the pathway that controls production of a cell’s thousands of proteins. That is appealing, in part, because it appears to control production of only a few percent of the body’s many proteins, those critical to regulating the growth and proliferation of cells. The study was led by Jamie Cate, a faculty scientist in Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging Division. Read more on UC Berkeley News.
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