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 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 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 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 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 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
Recipients of the A.M. Turing Award
Recipients of the Fields Medal in Mathematics
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators
National Poet Laureate
Winners of the Pulitzer Prize
Recipients of the National Medal of Science
Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Members of the National Academy of Engineering
Members of the National Academy of Sciences
Winners of the National Science Foundation Young Investigators Award
Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors
Updated August 18, 2017
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.