Metabolic Biology

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

Students in the Metabolic Biology Graduate Program will be engaged in research to understand metabolism and nutrition through basic and integrated research. Our inter-campus program is comprised of faculty from UC Berkeley and UCSF, and is engaged in groundbreaking research and interdisciplinary training in the areas of metabolic regulation, nutrient functions and metabolic disorders, such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.

The graduate program fosters close interaction between students and faculty from several graduate groups, such as Molecular Toxicology, Endocrinology, Comparative Biochemistry and Chemistry. This unique multidisciplinary environment of the program encourages Metabolic Biology students to collaborate and pursue research in a variety of fields.

Graduate Program

Metabolic Biology: MS, PhD

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Faculty and Instructors

Faculty

Gregory W. Aponte, Professor. Health and nutrition, nutritional sciences, signaling between the gut and the brain, neuropeptides, G-protein coupled receptors.
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John E. Casida, Professor. Pesticides, insect biology, environmental science, pest management, molecular toxicology.
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Danica Chen, Assistant Professor. Aging, stem cell, diseases of aging.
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Marc Hellerstein, Professor. Plant biology, health and nutrition.
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Sona Kang, Assistant Professor.

Joseph L. Napoli, Professor. Metabolism, nutritional biochemistry, fat-soluble vitamins, retinoids, retinoic acid, retinol, vitamin A, vitamin D, analytical biochemistry.
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Daniel K. Nomura, Associate Professor. Chemical biology, metabolism, toxicology, cancer.
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James Olzmann, Assistant Professor. Ubiquitin, proteasome, lipid droplet, ER-associated degradation, ERAD, metabolism, metabolic disease.
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Barry Shane, Professor. Plant biology, health and nutrition, nutritional sciences and toxicology.
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Martyn T. Smith, Professor. Cancer, genomics, toxicology, molecular epidemiology, exposome.
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Andreas Stahl, Associate Professor. Metabolism, obesity, adipose tissue, brown fat, thermogenesis, tissue engineering, diabetes, fatty acid transport, fatty acid, stem cells.
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Hei Sook Sul, Professor. Plant biology, health and nutrition, nutritional sciences and toxicology.
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Christopher D. Vulpe, Professor. Genetics, genomics, ecotoxicology, gene expression, water quality, copper, iron, toxicology, susceptibility, environmental, ecotoxicogenomics.
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Jen-Chywan (Wally) Wang, Associate Professor. Steroid hormones, glucocorticoids, molecular physiology, Metabolic Diseases.
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Emeritus Faculty

Bruce N. Ames, Professor Emeritus. Molecular biology, cancer, aging, mitochondrial decay, oxidants and antioxidants, micronutrient deficiencies and DNA damage, chronic inflammation and cancer.
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Contact Information

Graduate Group in Metabolic Biology

115 Morgan Hall

Phone: 510-643-2863

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MB Head Grad Advisor

Jen-Chywan Wang, PhD

walwang@berkeley.edu

Graduate Student Affairs Advisor

Yasasha Ridel

115 Morgan Hall

Phone: 510-643-2863

yasasha@berkeley.edu

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