Today at Berkeley Lab

Renewable Biofuels Development Requires ‘Renaissance Researchers’

Physical bioscientists Blake Simmons (right) and Doug Clark were quoted in a recent Bioenergy Connection article about breaking down cell walls, a necessary step for unlocking sugars in biofuels production. The piece also touches on work PBD faculty scientist, Jamie Cate, is doing with enzymes that can aid in deconstruction. More>

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Solving an Organic Semiconductor Mystery

Naomi Ginsberg of the Materials Sciences and the Physical Biosciences Divisions led a team that identified the mysterious source of performance issues that can plague organic semiconductors as nanocrystallites in domain interfaces. More>

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PBD Scientists Help Expand the Reach of X-ray Free Electron Lasers

James Holton and Nicholas Sauter were among a team led by SLAC researchers to design and study new instrumentation for XFELs. Their novel experimental set-up and existing data analysis tools will assist in extending our capacity to study smaller, more fragile crystals of biologically relevant macromolecules. More>

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CellScope, Inc. Cofounder on Developing New Home Product

A recent New York Times blog series on Women in Tech features Amy Sheng, co-founder of CellScope, Inc., a company that was spun out of the lab of Physical Biosciences Division Deputy for Science Daniel Fletcher. Sheng shares her inspiration for the Oto HOME and describes the development process of this new product, coming in January. More>

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Doudna, Keasling, Mathies Elected to National Academy of Inventors

Biochemist Jennifer Doudna, chemical engineer Jay Keasling and chemist Richard Mathies were among 170 new fellows, recognized for outstanding contributions to innovation in patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society, and support and enhancement of innovation. More>

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PBD’s Adams Co-Author of Paper Included in Nature’s ‘Most Cited’ List

Nature recently released a list of the 100 most-cited articles published since 1900, as recorded in the Science Citation Index. Physical Biosciences Division Deputy for Science Paul Adams was a lead co-author on one of the top 100 articles in 1998, when he was a postdoctoral scholar at Yale University. More>

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Two Berkeley Lab Scientists Named AAAS Fellows

Climate scientist Bill Collins (left) of the Earth Sciences Division and chemist Heinz Frei of the Physical Biosciences Division have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for 2014. Collins was recognized for “distinguished contributions to the field of climate science through fundamental research on interactions among sunlight, heat, the coupled climate system, and global environmental change.” Frei was recognized for “distinguished contributions to the understanding of photochemical reactions, and, in particular, for the advancement of robust catalysts for solar energy conversion.” More>

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Doudna Featured in Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers Issue

Physical Biosciences Division researcher Jennifer Doudna was included, along with colleague Emmanuelle Charpentier, in the innovators category of the “100 Leading Global Thinkers” issue of Foreign Policy Magazine. The team was recognized for their CRISPR/Cas genome-editing tool. More>

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Synthetic Biology for Space Exploration

Physical Biosciences Division Adam Arkin led a study that shows how synthetic biology may hold the key to long-term manned explorations of Mars and the Moon. He and postdoc Amor Menezes showed that biomanufacturing based on microbes could make travel to and settlement of extraterrestrial locations more practical and bearable. More>

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Perlmutter, Doudna are Recipients of 2015 Breakthrough Prizes

Saul Perlmutter of the Physics Division and Jennifer Doudna of the Physical Biosciences Division were among the featured recipients of the 2015 Breakthrough Prizes in Fundamental Physics and Life Sciences. Twelve prizes in all, totaling $36 million, were announced Sunday night at gala in Mountain View hosted by the entertainer Seth MacFarlane. More>

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