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Biologists Create Malaria-Blocking Mosquitoes

Using a groundbreaking gene editing technique, biologists at UC San Diego, working in collaboration with biologists at UC Irvine, have created a strain of mosquitoes capable of rapidly introducing malaria-blocking genes into a mosquito population through its progeny, ultimately eliminating the insects’ ability to transmit the disease to humans.

This new model represents a notable advance in the effort to establish an antimalarial mosquito population, which with further development could help eradicate a disease that sickens millions worldwide each year.

Biology Graduate Prepares for Mission on Space Station

Kate Rubins has always been starstruck by the night sky. Growing up, she attended star-gazing parties and plastered her room with images of faraway galaxies. In May 2016, Rubins’ long-held aspiration to travel to space will become a reality when she voyages to the International Space Station as part of Expedition 48/49. A biochemist and 1999 graduate of the University of California, San Diego, Rubins will help conduct more than 100 microgravity experiments to gain insight into how the mechanics of life happen outside of our planet.

Mining Microbes: Division Plays Key Role in Campus Initiative

You are only 10 percent human. Ninety percent of the cells that make up our bodies are actually bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microbes. And researchers are now finding that these unique microbial communities — called microbiomes — can greatly influence human and environmental health. The human gut microbiome alone has now been linked to allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, obesity and many other conditions.

Roberto Malinow Elected to National Academy of Medicine

Roberto Malinow, a distinguished professor of neurobiology and neurosciences in the Section of Neurobiology, is one of three UC San Diego faculty members elected this year to the National Academy of Medicine.

Study Finds More Tunnels in Ant Nests Means More Food for Colony

A UC San Diego study of the underground “architecture” of harvester ant nests has found that the more connected the chambers an ant colony builds near the surface entrance, the faster the ants are able to collect nearby sources of food.

Biologists Discover Bacteria Communicate Like Neurons in the Brain

Biologists at UC San Diego have discovered that bacteria—often viewed as lowly, solitary creatures—are actually quite sophisticated in their social interactions and communicate with one another through similar electrical signaling mechanisms as neurons in the human brain.

Kimberly Cooper Awarded Packard Foundation Fellowship

Kimberly Cooper, an assistant professor of biology in the Section of Cell and Developmental Biology, is one of 18 scientists nationwide who this year will receive a prestigious Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, given to promising early-career scientists from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

A Mentor for Success

Biology professor strives to serve as example for students from diverse backgrounds

Like many faculty members at UC San Diego, Gentry Patrick arrived on campus with sterling academic credentials: An undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, a Ph.D. from Harvard University and a postdoctoral fellowship from Caltech.

Bill Kristan Honored with Award for Education in Neuroscience

William Kristan, a distinguished professor of biology who directed UC San Diego's top-ranked Neurosciences Graduate Program from 1977 to 2004, will be honored by the Society for Neuroscience with  this year's Award for Education in Neuroscience.

UC San Diego Biology Ranks 6th in U.S. News Global Rankings

Biology at UC San Diego ranked sixth in the world in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Global Universities 2016 edition.

UC San Diego also received high marks in neuroscience and behavior (6),  biochemistry (6), psychiatry and psychology (7), computer science (9), as well as molecular biology and genetics (10).

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