Science Market Update

Recent NIH Post Doc Salary Increases

Posted by BCI Staff on Tue, Apr 01, 2014

Remember life as a starving student?  How about grad school? How about  your post doctoral fellowship?

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Tags: 2014, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Life Science Event, Biotechnology Vendor Showcase, UC Riverside, UC San Francisco, UC Davis - Medical Center, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, post doc, salary, UC Los Angeles

10 Reasons for Lab Vendors to join Berkeley BioResearch Product Faire™ Event

Posted by BCI Staff on Thu, Mar 06, 2014

UC Berkeley is one of the top institutions in the world based on quality of the research produced. UC Berkeley researchers need to keep up with the latest advances in tools and technology to stay at the top of their fields. To help UC Berkeley reseachers keep up with technology, Biotechnology Calendar, Inc. invites laboratory supply companies to demonstrate their new and innovative research equipment, kits, and reagents at the upcoming 17th ANNUAL Berkeley BioResearch Product Faire Event ON JUNE 4, 2014.

Researchers are seeking new equipment at the: 

17th Annual
University of California, Berkeley
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
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(University of California, Berkeley)

Berkeley's prestige is tied in with the quality of its faculty:

Among its current faculty:

  • 8 Faculty members are Nobel laureates
  • 141 Faculty are National Academy of Sciences members
  • 94 Faculty are National Academy of Engineering members
  • 13 Faculty have received the National Medal of Science
  • 230 Faculty are American Academy of Arts and Sciences fellows

Research Funding:

Each year, the Berkeley campus receives well over half a billion dollars in research support from external sources. In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, UC Berkeley attracted $705.1 million in new research funding. This represents a 38 percent increase over the past decade. Many of these research awards fund multi-year projects and support expenditures that will be reflected in subsequent years. 

The federal government provided 47 percent of these sponsored research funds, and California state agencies, industry, and the non-profit sector supplied the rest. Of the research funding provided by the U.S. government, the largest contributors are the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Science Foundation, with each contributing approximately one third of the federal funding. 

10 Funding Facts about UCBerkeley:

  1. NSF 2012 Ranking: 62nd (total R&D expenditures in life sciences) =$208,788,000
NIH 2012 Ranking: 56th (Direct plus indirect costs but excluding R & D contracts and ARRA awards) = $118,610,088
  3. UC Berkley has completed construction on the Alternative Energy building, where research can now begin. The $133 million biofuels research building houses labs for the study of molecular and microbial biology, fermentation and chemical separation, greenhouses, and dry and cold rooms.
  4. UC Berkley has been reimbursed $30 million for the Berkley Lab research facility construction, which began in the summer of 2012. The building is due to open in 2014, funds had been held due to economic pressures, but have now been released and the project is on its way. Scientist’s will be researching and developing an artificial photosynthesis process.
  5. The National Health Institute has awarded UC Berkeley $12.8 million for research into cancer, neuro-degenerative diseases and radioactive decontamination as well as other medical health conditions.
  6. University of California, Berkeley has received a five year $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop powerful new tools to help extract key information from the large quantity of loose data in the world.
  7. The Bryolab at UC Berkley is to receive part of a $5.1 million grant for its work in biocoding a complete ecosystem.
  8. The National Science Foundation has awarded UC Berkeley more Graduate Research Fellowships than any other university.
  9. The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley received $1 million to support research into Lupus.
  10. In 2007 global energy firm, BP, awarded $500 million over 10 years to the University of California, Berkeley, in partnership with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The funding created the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI) to develop new sources of energy and reduce the impact of energy consumption on the environment.
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Tags: 2014, CA, Southwest, Berkeley, BioResearch Product Faire Event, UC Berkeley, UCBerk

UC Berkeley Researchers Develop New Imaging Technique for Cyanobacteria

Posted by Dylan Fitzwater on Tue, Dec 17, 2013

Researchers at UC Berkeley recently developed a novel imaging technique that allowed them to observe cellular processes in Cyanobacteria, one of the most common forms of bacteria. This research was a collaborative project involving researchers from UC Berkeley and the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI).

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Tags: 2014, University of California Berkeley, Southwest, California, Cell Imaging, Berkeley, BioResearch Product Faire Event, UC Berkeley, UCBerk

New Life Science Funding Advances UC Berkeley Research Partnership

Posted by Dylan Fitzwater on Mon, Nov 11, 2013

There are exciting things happening in the Berkeley life science research industry. Of particular interest is the developing partnership between UC Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley Lab. This partnership has the potential to foster more collaboration between institutions and allow for more joint research ventures in the East Bay Area.

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Tags: 2014, Southwest, California, Berkeley, BioResearch Product Faire Event, UC Berkeley, UCBerk, New Life Science Funding, Lawrence Berkeley Lab, New Research Partnership

Major UCB Life Science Advance with RNA-Programmed Genome Editing

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Fri, Jan 11, 2013

2012 was a big year for the science of snipping DNA to introduce genetic changes into a cell, also known as genome editing. Though Science magazine hailed two new techniques for selectively cutting and pasting DNA in the field of genome engineering as together constituting one of the Top 10 scientific breakthroughs of the year, those methods may already have been surpassed by researchers at the University of California Berkeley using RNA and a single protein. Faster, simpler, and cheaper, the UCB team led by Dr. Jennifer Doudna published initial results of their work genetically modifying bacteria using the RNA-based DNA cleavage technique last summer. The response from the the life science community was extremely positive, with reviews calling it a "tour de force" and a "a real hit," according to the latest press release. Now three more papers are coming out based on the work of the Doudna Lab showing that the RNA programming technique using a bacterial enzyme known as Cas9 is equally effective in making alterations to human genes.

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Tags: 2014, CA, 2013, University of California Berkeley, AIDS Research, Molecular Engineering, gene therapy, Southwest, California, University of California, genetic engineering, Berkeley, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Harvard, genomics research, UC Berkeley, UCBerk

Major New Biomed and Biofuel Research Buildings Open at UC Berkeley

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Wed, Oct 24, 2012

It used to be, once upon a time, that the northwest corner of the UC Berkeley campus was a bit sleepy, bordering as it did an older downtown that hadn't yet been revitalized. The important buildings on campus were located more centrally, or along the busy southside, or up in the hills. In the year 2012 all that has changed, and not one but two important life science lab buildings have been completed and opened their doors in the past year along Oxford Street, built to mesh comfortably with the now-fashionable and vibrant Downtown Berkeley scene at their doorsteps and to contribute to a growing life science research hub in that campus corner.

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Tags: CA, University of California Berkeley, biofuels, California, 2012, Berkeley, BioResearch Product Faire Event, new facilities, new construction, UC Berkeley, bio medical research, San Francisco Bay Area

Berkeley Cell Biology Research Reveals Subnanometer Mechanics of Proteasomes

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Thu, Apr 05, 2012

The smooth and efficient functioning of any system necessarily requires a mechanism for recognizing and removing components that have served their purpose and are no longer needed, in order to make way for ones that are.  It's waste disposal, and at the cellular level it's the important activity of proteasomes that maintain cellular health by identifying and degrading proteins that have been targeted as obsolete or damaged. (To put this in perspective, consider that at any given moment a human cell typically contains about 100,000 different proteins.) This housekeeping function of proteasomes is critical to a broad range of vital biochemical processes, including transcription, DNA repair, and the immune defense system. Since the proteasome process was only first described in 2004 (by Nobel Prize-winning chemists), our understanding of its mechanics has been limited.

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Tags: CA, cell biology, Microscopy, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Southwest, 2012, Berkeley, BioResearch Product Faire Event, National Lab, UC Berkeley, UCBerk, scientific instruments

Big Data Initiative Launches Genomic Research Records on Amazon Cloud

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Wed, Apr 04, 2012

The 1000 Genomes Project is an international genomic research and data collection effort that has produced "a deep catalog of human genetic variation" for public research use. Now, thanks to Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the White House's recently-announced Big Data Research and Development Initiative, the 1000 Genomes data is available gratis on the AWS cloud.  In reality, there are over 1700 genome profiles in the demographically-diverse study, and all that data takes up about 200 terabytes of memory, according to a New York Times article on the cloud bonanza. So even though researchers could download the data free to their own computers from 1000 Genomes directly before, it's something you really don't want to do, even if you have that kind of memory (re: 200TB).  Instead, you'll likely be better off accessing the data through AMS and paying them to crunch numbers for you, which probably explains why AWS has decided to engage in this bit of philanthropy.  Future profit, plus their preeminence as a computational resource in the brave new world of Big Data.

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Tags: CA, 2013, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, genomic research, Southwest, 2012, Berkeley, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Funding, Genomics, NIH, biotech solutions, NSF, National Lab, UC Berkeley, UCBerk

San Francisco East Bay Life Science Lab Buildings On the Rise, Near Zero Vacancy Rate

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Mon, Mar 05, 2012

The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the largest, most successful established biotech hubs in the US, thanks in part to the presence of 3 of the world's top universities: UCSF, UC Berkeley, and Stanford.  Strong on intellectual capital, the area has been notoriously short of real estate since developers were ordered to stop filling in the Bay back in the 60's.  Fortunately, as manufacturing waned, industrial land became available for redevelopment as high-tech R&D lab space, which is how UCSF's Mission Bay campus eventually came to be.  Across the Bay to the East, bayfront industrial property is seeing a similar repurposing, with particularly mushroom-like life science growth in the little city of Emeryville, though also in neighboring Berkeley and Richmond.

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Tags: CA, University of California San Francisco, University of California Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, New research facilities, California, Berkeley, San Francisco, UCSF, new construction, National Lab, UC Berkeley, San Francisco Bay Area, San Francisco East Bay

Stem Cell Research Funding of $5.6M by CIRM to Recruit New UCB Neurologist

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Wed, Jan 04, 2012

When the University of California Berkeley (UCB) decided to actively recruit acclaimed neurologist Dr. Zhigang He away from his research position at Harvard Medical School's Children's Hospital, they knew a critical component of the package they could offer him would be a promise of substantial funding for his stem cell research on the human nervous system in his new lab.  To secure this funding, UCB applied to and received a promise of $5.6M in research funding for He from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), a statewide initiative supported by taxpayer-approved bonds.

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Tags: 2012 Research Funding, University of California Berkeley, Stem cell research, California, University of California, Neuroscience, Funding, UC Berkeley, CIRM

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