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    • Kandul and Akbari in Akbari's laboratory

      New CRISPR-based Technology Developed to Control Pests with Precision-guided Genetics

      CRISPR-based method sterilizes male insects for population suppression of agricultural pests and disease-carrying mosquitoes

      Combining historical lessons with modern genetic technologies, scientists at the University of California San Diego have developed a new way to control and suppress populations of insects, potentially including those that ravage agricultural crops and transmit deadly diseases.

    • Stephen Mayfield poses with large outdoor algae tanks

      UC San Diego Awarded $2 Million to Advance Algae-based Renewable Polymers

      Department of Energy funds ‘bio-economy’ project for novel manufacturing of algae-based biopolymers

      A team of University of California San Diego biologists and chemists has been granted $2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop new methods for manufacturing products based on algae.

      Project principal investigator Stephen Mayfield of UC San Diego’s Division of Biological Sciences will lead efforts to develop novel platforms to produce biologically based monomers that will be used to manufacture renewable and biodegradable versions of plastic polymers called polyurethanes.

    • Microscopic photo of green cells

      Coming to Light: Researchers Document Surprise Mobility in Wild Bacteria

      University of California San Diego Biologist Susan Golden and her colleagues have used cyanobacteria as a key model for circadian rhythm studies, analyzing the organism’s 24-hour regular cycles that operate with the precision of a mechanical clock. 

    • Photo of multicolored jellyfishes swimming underwater

      First Jellyfish Genome Reveals Ancient Beginnings of Complex Body Plan

      UC San Diego researchers co-lead moon jelly study with evolutionary and environmental implications

      The first in-depth look at the genome of a jellyfish—the moon jelly Aurelia aurita—reveals the origins of this successful survival strategy. The Aurelia genome, published online Dec. 3 in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution and co-led by scientists at the University of California San Diego, indicates early jellyfish recycled existing genes to morph from polyp to medusa. The results suggest animals can radiate into new niches and forms fairly easily.

    • Headshot of Dong-Er Zhang

      Dong-Er Zhang Named 2018 AAAS Fellow

      Seven researchers at the University of California San Diego have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the largest general science organization in the United States and publisher of the journal  Science.

    • Cartoon of a rat as it searchers for food with postural and orofacial movements

      Neurobiologist David Kleinfeld to Lead $15 million NIH study

      Multimillion-dollar study will reverse-engineer the facial movements mammals use to survive, resulting in a comprehensive 3D brain circuitry atlas

      Face and head movements noticed in mammals as they breathe and rummage for food is the subject of a $15-million study supported by the National Institutes of Health. Scientists from the University of California San Diego, Ben Gurion University, Duke University and Laval University, with support from colleagues at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories and the HHMI Janelia Research Center, will conduct the research to explore how mammals sniff, nod, and move their faces and mouths—backwards.

    • View of Geisel

      Report Ranks UC San Diego Biology-Biochemistry as Ninth Best in World

      Neuroscience, Microbiology and Molecular Biology-Genetics also rank as top programs

      The University of California San Diego has been named the nation’s fifth best public university, according to U.S. News and World’s Report’s Best Global Universities. The publication released a new list measuring factors such as research; global and regional reputation; international collaboration; as well as the number of highly-cited papers and doctorates awarded. Overall, UC San Diego was ranked the 17th best university in the world.

    • Homa Rahnamoun

      Graduate Students Honored with 2018 Founding Faculty Awards

      Homa Rahnamoun and Ipshita Zutshi recognized for research excellence

      Homa Rahnamoun and Ipshita Zutshi, Division of Biological Sciences graduate students, have been honored with 2018 Biology Founding Faculty Awards for Graduate Excellence.

    • Microscopic screenshot of pancreatic cells re-sensitized to chemotherapeutic treatment

      Biologists Discover Source for Boosting Tumor Cell Drug Sensitivity

      Gene that inhibits HIV identified as a potential candidate for cancer treatments

      DNA-damaging agents, or “DDAs,” make up the most widely used group of cancer drugs. Yet their therapeutic success has been curtailed by drug resistance—either present in cancer cells from the disease onset or arising during treatment.

    • Headshot of Rachel Dutton

      Rachel Dutton and David Traver Recognized with NIH’s High-Risk, High-Reward Awards

      Three researchers at the University of California San Diego have been selected to receive 2018 NIH Director’s New Innovator Awards. In addition, David Traver from the UC San Diego School of Medicine, has received an NIH Director’s Transformative award.

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