Jeffery Cox, PhD
C.H. Li Chair, Biochemistry and Molecular Endocrinology Professor, Immunology and Pathogenesis
Jeff pursued his graduate studies at UC San Francisco in the laboratory of Dr. Peter Walter, where he made the initial discoveries of the unfolded protein response in yeast and received a PhD in Biochemistry and Biophysics. He moved to New York for a postdoc. fellowship with Dr. Bill Jacobs at Albert Einstein School of Medicine, where he developed new genetic strategies that allowed him to identify key virulence factors in M. tuberculosis. He subsequently returned to UCSF as Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology, and established his research program studying the mechanisms of M. tuberculosis pathogenesis during his 15-year career there. In January 2016, he returned to Berkeley as Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology and as Faculty Director of the Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases (CEND). His vision for CEND is to harness the broad strengths of Berkeley and the greater Bay Area to promote innovative research that focuses on major infectious diseases of the developing world.