Drawing on distinguished experts from numerous fields, Berkeley faculty are leading the charge in using research to make profound changes in the way we understand and interact with the world. Our esteemed faculty include:

Jennifer DoudnaBreakthrough Prize Winner
JENNIFER DOUDNA

Jennifer Doudna is best known for her pioneering work on CRISPR/Cas9, a tool for editing genes that offers a potent new approach to understand and treat complex genetic diseases. She received the Breakthrough Prize in 2014.

Saul PerlmutterNobel Laureate
SAUL PERLMUTTER

Saul Perlmutter received the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics. He led one of the two research teams that simultaneously discovered the accelerating expansion of the universe. He received the Breakthrough Prize in 2014.

Robert ReichFormer Secretary of Labor
ROBERT B. REICH

Robert B. Reich is a professor of public policy at UC Berkeley. A former secretary of labor, Reich has served in three administrations. He is a frequent contributor to national media.

Randy Schekman - 2013 Nobel LaureateNobel Laureate
RANDY SCHEKMAN

Randy Schekman received the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his role in revealing the machinery that regulates the transport and secretion of proteins in our cells.

Janet Yellen - Chair of the Federal ReserveChair of the Federal Reserve
JANET YELLEN

Janet Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve since 2014, was a distinguished faculty member in Business Administration and Economics at UC Berkeley prior to joining the Federal Reserve.

   

Berkeley counts among
its current faculty:

7

Nobel Laureates

3

recipients of the
A.M. Turing Award

3

recipients of the Fields
Medal in Mathematics

21

Howard Hughes Medical
Institute Investigators

32

MacArthur Fellows

1

National Poet Laureate

357

Guggenheim Fellows

4

winners of the Pulitzer Prize

15

recipients of the
National Medal of Science

243

Fellows of the American
Academy of Arts and Sciences

96

members of the National
Academy of Engineering

134

members of the National
Academy of Sciences

61

winners of the National Science
Foundation Young Investigators Award

10

Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors

   Updated February 1, 2017.

Faculty Awards



UCB and peer institutions Sloan Research Fellow Awards since 2000: MIT 110; UCB 96; Harvard 87; Stanford 79.The current UC Berkeley faculty includes eight Nobel Laureates, three recipients of the Turing Award and the Fields Medal each. And there are 12 winners of the National Medal of Science. Many UC Berkeley faculty are elected by their peers to membership in the National Academies in recognition of distinguished achievement in their respective fields.

UC Berkeley's early-career researchers are very successful in competing for highly selective Sloan Research Fellowships that seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.

 

Retaining Top Talent

UC Berkeley faculty get a lot of attention — including from peer research universities, such as Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and others. In 2010-11 our competitors tried to lure away 40 of our most esteemed faculty. Fortunately UC Berkeley was able to keep all but four. Of the 33 retention cases initiated in Academic Year 2011-2012, UC Berkeley won all 22 that have been completed thus far.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's landmark $110 million challenge gift  helps UC Berkeley to be competitive in recruiting and retaining top faculty. In recent years the Hewlett Challenge created 100 new endowed faculty chairs in departments across the campus.