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
Nobel Laureate
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
Secretary of the Treasury
Janet Yellen

Janet Yellen, is the current Secretary of the Treasury and 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

  • 10

    Nobel Laureates

  • 3

    Recipients of the A.M. Turing Award

  • 1

    Recipient of the Fields Medal in Mathematics

  • 24

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators

  • 33

    MacArthur Fellows

  • 1

    National Poet Laureate

  • 364

    Guggenheim Fellows

  • 4

    Winners of the Pulitzer Prize

  • 15

    Recipients of the National Medal of Science

  • 251

    Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

  • 90

    Members of the National Academy of Engineering

  • 144

    Members of the National Academy of Sciences

  • 7

    Awardees of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers

  • 15

    Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors

  • 49

    American Philosophical Society Members

Updates made March 31, 2021

Faculty Awards

Sloan Research Fellows Awards since 2000: MIT 159; UCB 149; Harvard 115; Stanford 141.The current UC Berkeley faculty includes ten Nobel Laureates, three recipients of the Turing Award and one of the Fields Medal. And there are 15 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.



Faculty Award Recipients in the News

May 11, 2021

Markita Landry receives Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars award

Markita Landry, Asst. Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been named a 2021 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar. This award recognizes faculty within the first five years of their academic careers, who have created an outstanding independent body of scholarship, and are deeply committed to education.
May 6, 2021

EECS professor Michael Jordan named to Royal Society

Michael Jordan, UC Berkeley’s Pehong Chen Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and of Statistics, is among 10 foreign members elected today to the Royal Society, a prestigious honor accorded to researchers who have made “exceptional contributions to science.”
April 28, 2021

Gabriel Zucman, L&S Economics Professor, Named 2021 Carnegie Fellow

Gabriel Zucman, associate professor of economics at the UC Berkeley College of Letters & Science, associate professor of public policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy, and director of the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Center on Wealth and Income Inequality, has been selected as one of 26 recipients of the 2021 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship Award.