A technology developed by Cynthia McMurray, a senior scientist in the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division, and her team shows great promise for diagnosing Alzheimer disease before symptoms arise. This disease affects millions of people worldwide and is estimated to be the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
Richmond Sarpong, biochemist faculty scientist in the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division has been announced as the 2021 Edward Leete awardee by the Division of Organic Chemistry of the American Chemical Society. Sarpong, who is also a UC Berkeley chemistry professor, is being specifically recognized for his outstanding contributions to research in organic chemistry and teaching.
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.
Einstein’s theory of general relativity, which describes gravity as a curvature of space-time, explains a multitude of gravitational phenomena, but that theory falls apart within the tiniest of volumes.
Researchers at Berkeley Lab and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) proposed an experiment that may settle the persistent question: Is gravity truly a quantum force? They recently described their work in the journal Physical Review X Quantum.
Scientists who specialize in studying the atom-by-atom choreography of enzymes have revealed new insights into the function of isopenicillin N synthase, an enzyme needed to produce some of the world’s most critical antibiotics.