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JBEI Brings Fun Bioenergy Science to Berkeley Lab’s 2015 Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Tuesday, April 28th 2015

On April 23, Berkeley Lab’s Workforce Development and Education held Daughters and Sons to Work Day, which included a chance for children to perform individual hands-on activities. Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) volunteers Mi Yeon Lee, Clarabelle Cheng-Yeu, Phil Gach, Melissa Nhan, Nick Everson, and Irina Silva (pictured, from left) facilitated participation at four tabletop “stations” related to JBEI’s bioenergy research. The short projects included “Synthetic Biology with Beads”, “Fermentation in a Bag”, “Jello Microfluidics” and “Plant Sample Preparation.” … Read More >>

Bustamante Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Friday, April 24th 2015

PBD faculty scientist, Carlos Bustamante, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Bustamante is professor of molecular and cell biology, physics and chemistry, and Raymond and Beverly Sackler professor in biophysics at UC Berkeley, as well as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. The academy announced the election of six UC Berkeley faculty, who are among the 197 new academy members. This most recent cohort includes “the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists and … Read More >>

JBEI Promotes Bioenergy at Cal Day

Wednesday, April 22nd 2015

On April 18 JBEI volunteers participated at Cal Day, UC Berkeley’s annual open house. Hosted by UC Berkeley’s Department of Plant & Microbial Biology, JBEI encouraged visitors to participate in various activities, including “Fermentation in a Bag,” which demonstrates this important step in the biofuels pathway. The volunteers, Virginia Tartaglio, Alex Tsai, Leanne Chan, and Irina Silva (pictured, from left) explained JBEI’s biofuels pipeline using a show-and-tell demonstration, and promoted bioenergy topics as well as internship and employment opportunities. Read More >>

Pett-Ridge Speaks on Using Isotope Probing Approaches to Further JGI Community Science Program Projects

Monday, April 20th 2015

The most recent issue of The Primer, a newsletter produced by the Joint Genome Institute (JGI), gives an account of a JGI-organized panel at the AAAS 2015 Annual Meeting held this February in San Jose that included Jennifer Pett-Ridge, PBD Guest Scientist and Lead Scientist in the Genomic Science Biofuels Scientific Focus Area at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. This session, “Novel Technologies for Exploring the Uncultivated Microbial Majority,” covered techniques researchers could apply to learn more about the mostly unknown bacteria, archaea, and fungi that … Read More >>

PBD’s Murthy recipient of NIH grant to spot drug-resistant microbes

Friday, April 17th 2015

Anti-microbial resistance takes days to diagnose, often resulting in delayed treatments and further microbial resistance. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) recently awarded UC Berkeley researchers, including Niren Murthy, faculty bioengineer in the Physical Biosciences Division, $5.8 million over the next five years to develop tools to quickly spot and identify drug-resistant pathogens in blood, urine, and other clinical samples. Murthy, along with Lee Riley, professor of infectious diseases, and fellow bioengineering professor Luke Lee, predict that … Read More >>