Excellence in Research

Faculty Excellence

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 Doudna
Breakthrough 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. 

Saul Perlmutter
Nobel 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. 

Robert Reich
Former 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
Nobel 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
Former Chair of the Federal Reserve
Janet Yellen

Janet Yellen, served as Chair of the Federal Reserve between 2014 and 2018. Prior to joining the Federal Reserve, she was a distinguished faculty member in Business Administration and Economics at UC Berkeley.

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

  • 33

    MacArthur Fellows

  • 1

    National Poet Laureate

  • 357

    Guggenheim Fellows

  • 4

    Winners of the Pulitzer Prize

  • 13

    Recipients of the National Medal of Science

  • 223

    Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

  • 96

    Members of the National Academy of Engineering

  • 144

    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

Updates made April 19, 2019

Faculty Awards

Sloan Research Fellows Awards since 2000: MIT 110; UCB 96; Harvard 87; Stanford 79.The current UC Berkeley faculty includes seven Nobel Laureates, three recipients of the Turing Award and the Fields Medal each. And there are 13 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.