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Latest News


ENIGMA Researcher Recipient of 2014 E. O. Lawrence Award

Friday, May 22nd 2015

Jizhong (Joe) Zhou, principal investigator for ENIGMA (Ecosystems and Networks Integrated with Genes and Molecular Assemblies), a DOE Scientific Focus Area grant program and managed by the Physical Biosciences Division of Berkeley Lab, is one of nine scientists honored with an E.O. Lawrence Award. Zhou is a Presidential Professor in the Department of Botany and Microbiology and Director of the Institute for Environmental Genomics at the University of Oklahoma, as well as a guest researcher with Berkeley Lab’s Earth … Read More >>

Drug Perks Up Old Muscles and Aging Brains

Monday, May 18th 2015

Researchers — including physical bioscientist David Schaffer — have discovered that a small-molecule drug simultaneously perks up old stem cells in the brains and muscles of mice, a finding that could lead to drug interventions for humans that would make aging tissues throughout the body act young again. The drug interferes with the activity of a growth factor, transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-beta1), that Schaffer’s UC Berkeley colleague Irina Conboy showed over the past 10 years depresses the ability of … Read More >>

CLAIRE Brings Electron Microscopy to Soft Materials

Friday, May 15th 2015

Naomi Ginsberg of Physical Biosciences and Materials Sciences Divisions at Berkeley Lab and the Kavli Energy NanoScience Institute, led the development of a technique called “cathodoluminescence activated imaging by resonant energy transfer” (CLAIRE), that extends the incredible resolution of electron microscopy to the non-invasive nanoscale imaging of soft matter. Read More >>

Using Microbial Communities to Assess Environmental Contamination

Thursday, May 14th 2015

First there were canaries in coal mines, now there are microbes at nuclear waste sites, oil spills and other contaminated environments. A multi-institutional study sponsored by ENIGMA, a DOE “Scientific Focus Area Program” based at Berkeley Lab and administered by PBD, has found that statistical analysis of DNA from natural microbial communities can be used to accurately identify environmental contaminants and serve as quantitative geochemical biosensors.   … Read More >>

PBD’s Jennifer Doudna Profiled in the New York Times

Tuesday, May 12th 2015

As a child in Hilo, Doudna felt out of place. She had blond hair and blue eyes, and she was taller than the other kids, who were mostly of Polynesian and Asian descent. Her isolation contributed to a kind of bookishness that propelled her toward science. Read More >>