Professor Karine Gibbs recently spoke to the Energy and Biosciences Institute about her research on bacteria and her journey to UC Berkeley.
Michi Taga recognized with Leon A. Henkin Citation
The citation honors exceptional faculty commitment to the educational development of students from underrepresented groups.
Three Rausser College graduate programs are among the best in the U.S.
The latest U.S. News & World Report rankings place Berkeley programs in microbiology, environmental science, and environmental policy and management in the top 5.
Student Spotlight: Tanmayi Patharkar
Last summer, the third-year microbial biology major documented the first instance of an Aegean wall lizard preying on a venomous centipede.
Research Brief: A new mechanism of potassium regulation in Arabidopsis
New findings by PMB researchers may hold the key to growing healthy crops in nutrient-deficient environments.
Harry Tsujimoto and Grace Kase recognized by PMB
A new plaque in Koshland Hall recognizes the pair for their support of the Department’s students and faculty.
Rausser College faculty and affiliates among the most highly cited in their fields
The selected researchers rank in the top 1% in the number of scholarly citations worldwide over the last decade.
RIPE project receives $34 million from Bill & Melinda Gates Agricultural Innovations
PMB Professor Krishna Niyogi is part of the multi-institution effort to improve the photosynthetic potential of agricultural crops.
Crops, Climate & CRISPR Regulations in Southeast Asia
Earlier this year graduate student Nicholas Karavolias went to the Philippines and Thailand to connect, talk, and teach about CRISPR with local scientists and biotech regulators.
New Compact Genome Editors Found in Viruses
PMB and ESPM researchers have identified a variety of potential CRISPR-based genome-editing tools in viruses, according to new findings published in Cell.
Bioremediation Bacteria Hunter
Drew Hendrickson (BS ’19 Microbial Biology and Chemical Biology) is passionate about engineering enzymes to break down toxins and restore degraded landscapes.
Recognition for Dr. Diane Burgess
PMB recognizes Dr. Diane Burgess' achievements and wishes her continued good luck in her retirement.
Expanding our knowledge of soil microbiomes
PMB graduate student Alexa Nicolas explains her research on soil viruses and their link to carbon emissions.
PMB faculty including Krishna Niyogi and Ksenia Krasileva were featured in an article on how synthetic biology and CRISPR can help plants fight pathogens, improve crop yields, and store carbon.
John Coates honored by the American Society for Microbiology
Coates, a professor in PMB and head of the Energy and Biosciences Institute, was recognized for improving scientific understanding of microbes in the environment.
Assistant Professor Cecilia Martinez-Gomez’s engineered bacteria recovers valuable elements from old smartphones, cleans up medical wastewater, and more.
Tapping the Superpowers of Biology
Professors John Coates and Sabeeha Merchant are a few of the Rausser College researchers helping the bioeconomy bring renewable, carbon-negative products to a global scale.
Women in STEM seminar series: Cecilia Martinez-Gomez
Martinez-Gomez, an assistant professor in PMB, breaks down her research on bacterial metabolism and offers career advice for aspiring scientists.
Building community through open dialogue
The Department of Plant and Microbial Biology’s Directed Conversations allow for discussion and connection on the topics of racial justice and discrimination, belonging, and equity and inclusion.
Like the Borg of Star Trek, these ‘aliens’ assimilate DNA from other microbes
PhD candidates Basem Al-Shayeb and Luis Valentin-Alvarado, and alum Alexander Crits-Christoph have helped identify a new transferrable DNA structure that appears to play a role in balancing atmospheric methane.