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Slime Mold Reveals Clues to Immune Cells’ Directional Abilities

How white blood cells in our immune systems home in on and engulf bacterial invaders—like humans following the scent of oven-fresh pizza—has long been a mystery to scientists.

UC San Diego’s Algae Biofuels Program Ranked Best in Nation

The U.S. Department of Energy has ranked UC San Diego’s algae biofuels research effort the number one program in the nation for the fourth consecutive year.

Say ‘Cheese’

In an innovative effort to understand microbial communities, a UC San Diego biology professor has turned cheese into her ‘lab rat’

While many microbiologists build entire research careers around studies of a single microorganism, Rachel Dutton has taken her career in the other direction—examining collections of microbes, but with an unusual twist. She studies what grows on cheese.

Biologists Discover New Strategy to Treat Central Nervous System Injury

Neurobiologists at UC San Diego have discovered how signals that orchestrate the construction of the nervous system also influence recovery after traumatic injury.They also found that manipulating these signals can enhance the return of function. 

In Memoriam, Ted J. Case, 1947-2015


Ted J. Case, professor emeritus and former chair of the UC San Diego Department of Biology, died of a sudden heart attack while trail running on December 31, 2015. He was 68.

His research career spanned four decades and focused on evolutionary ecology, biogeography, conservation biology and community ecology. 

Leilani Cruz Named to Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

Leilani Cruz, a Ph.D. student in the Division of  Biological Sciences is one of ten graduate students  recently selected for the 2015-2016  cohort of the UC San Diego chapter of the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society.  

Beach Replenishment May Have ‘Far Reaching’ Impacts on Ecosystems

UC San Diego biologists who examined the biological impact of replenishing eroded beaches with offshore sand found that such beach replenishment efforts could have long-term negative impacts on coastal ecosystems.

Biologists Discover Sophisticated “Alarm” Signals in Honey Bees

‘Stop signals’ found to encode predator danger and attack context

Bees can use sophisticated signals to warn their nestmates about the level of danger from predators attacking foragers or the nest, according to a new study.

Elsa Cleland and Darwin Berg Win 2016 Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards

Two faculty members in the Division of Biological Sciences, Elsa Cleland and Darwin Berg, have won this year’s annual Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards” for going above and beyond to make a positive impact in their teaching, research and service.”

Cleland and Berg will receive their awards with four other UC San Diego faculty members at ceremony to be held Thursday, April 14 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine.

Ethan Bier Named Allen Distinguished Investigator

Ethan Bier, a professor of biology at UC San Diego, has been named an Allen Distinguished Investigator by The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, which awarded him a grant of $1.5 million to fund his research in “Biological Innovation and Active Genetics” over the next three years.


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