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Biologists Watch Speciation in a Laboratory Flask

Biologists have discovered that the evolution of a new species can occur rapidly enough for them to observe the process in a simple laboratory flask.

In a month-long experiment using a virus harmless to humans, biologists working at the University of California San Diego and at Michigan State University documented the evolution of a virus into two incipient species—a process known as speciation that Charles Darwin proposed to explain the branching in the tree of life, where one species splits into two distinct species during evolution.

Hacking a Revolution in Biology

Graduate students in new quantitative biology doctoral program learn to modify microscopes and other instruments to probe frontiers of their emerging discipline

Graduate studies within any single scientific discipline are challenging endeavors on their own. But imagine combining graduate school-level training in physics and mathematics with advanced research in engineering and biology.

Two Biology Graduate Students Awarded ARCS Foundation Fellowships

Two graduate students in the Division of Biological Sciences, Danielle Hagstrom and Ben Rubin, have been awarded fellowships that recognize exceptional students pursuing research in the natural sciences, engineering and medicine from the San Diego chapter of the ARCS Foundation, Inc.

Active Genetics Goes Global

Tata Trusts & University of California San Diego partner to establish Tata Institute for Active Genetics and Society (TIAGS)

UC San Diego has received a $70 million commitment from the India-based philanthropic Tata Trusts to establish the Tata Institute for Active Genetics and Society (TIAGS), a collaborative partnership between the university and research operations in India.

Breaking Ground

UC San Diego celebrates philanthropy at groundbreaking of new Biological and Physical Sciences Building

As UC San Diego commemorated the groundbreaking of its new Biological and Physical Sciences Building this month, the campus also celebrated two gifts that will help shape the future of science, including $2 million in support from the Kavli Foundation and a legacy bequest from the Honorable Lynn A. Schenk.

Five Graduate Students Awarded David Goeddel Fellowships

Five graduate students in the Division of Biological Sciences have been awarded fellowships this year from an endowment established by UC San Diego alumnus and biotechnology pioneer David Goeddel, ’72.

Four Teams of Neurobiologists Awarded NIH BRAIN Grants

Four teams of neuroscientists at the University of California San Diego were awarded 2016 grants from the National Institutes of Health to continue their research under President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative.

Rachel Dutton Awarded Packard Fellowship

A molecular biology professor at the University of California San Diego who developed an innovative way to understand the development and evolution of microbial communities using cheese is one of 18 early-career scientists and engineers nationwide who have won prestigious 2016 Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering.

Kyle Begovich Awarded HHMI Gilliam Fellowship

Kyle Begovich, a doctoral student in Professor James Wilhelm’s laboratory, is one of 34 exceptional students pursuing Ph.D.s in the life science who recently received 2016 Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Albert Lim and Ben Rubin Win 2016 Biology Founding Faculty Award for Graduate Excellence

Two graduate students in the Division of Biological Sciences this year received the second annual Biology Founding Faculty Award for Graduate Excellence.

Albert Lim and Ben Rubin were each awarded $750 for outstanding first author papers published in a high quality journal the previous year. They were presented with their awards at a luncheon at the UC San Diego Faculty Club and their names, photos and achievements are honored on a plaque in the lobby of Bonner Hall.


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