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
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

  • 10

    Nobel Laureates

  • 3

    Recipients of the A.M. Turing Award

  • 1

    Recipients of the Fields Medal in Mathematics

  • 24

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators

  • 33

    MacArthur Fellows

  • 1

    National Poet Laureate

  • 360

    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

Updates made October 8, 2020

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

December 8, 2020

Nobel Prize ceremonies go virtual for Doudna, Genzel

For the first time since World War II, winners of this year’s Nobel Prizes will not be receiving their medals and diplomas from the King of Sweden in Stockholm. The pandemic has forced the Nobel Committees to deliver the medals to recipients at their homes, with just immediate family and consular or embassy officials in attendance.
December 4, 2020

Psychologist Alison Gopnik wins lifetime achievement award

Alison Gopnik, a developmental psychologist and author of such acclaimed books as The Philosophical Baby, The Scientist in the Crib, and How Babies Think, is one of three recipients of the James McKeen Cattel Fellow Award. Recipients of the award, bestowed by the Association for Psychological Science (APS), represent the field of psychology’s most accomplished and respected scientists whose research addresses critical societal problems.