The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator Program recently awarded $21 million to 21 University of California, Berkeley researchers. Of this group, four are faculty scientists in the Biosciences Area.
The Vilcek Foundation has honored Markita del Carpio Landry, faculty scientist in Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging and assistant professor at UC Berkeley, with the 2022 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science. Landry’s work centers on understanding aberrations in neurotransmitter signaling—a fundamental component in psychiatric disorders such as depression, and schizophrenia, and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer disease. She has also led work that has elucidated transport phenomena in plants, which has applications in agricultural biotechnology with regard to the development of food and medicine.
Markita Landry has been named the winner of the 2020 Emerging Leader in Molecular Spectroscopy Award. Landry is a faculty scientist in Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging (MBIB), as well as an assistant professor in chemical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. The award will be presented during the 2020 SciX 2020 conference in October in Sparks, Nevada, where Landry will give a plenary lecture and be honored in a special symposium.
Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging (MBIB) faculty scientist Markita Landry and Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology (EGSB) faculty scientist Niren Murthy are among the seven UC Berkeley faculty named to the 2019-20 cohort of Bakar Fellows. The UCB program fosters faculty entrepreneurship in fields including engineering, computer science, the biological and physical sciences, and architecture. The honor is bestowed on researchers with novel ideas and an entrepreneurial spirit, giving them the money and time to translate their laboratory breakthroughs into technologies ready for the marketplace.
Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging (MBIB) faculty scientist Markita Landry has developed a simplified technique for genetically engineering any type of plant that could speed the introduction of new and beneficial genes. While trying to label plant cells with nanotube sensors, Landry, an assistant professor in UC Berkeley’s chemical and biomolecular engineering department, discovered that nanotubes easily slip though plant cell walls, which are known for their tough layers. She immediately saw how to flip this around to deliver genes into plants; she and her colleagues describe the technique in Nature Nanotechnology.