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.
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, 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.
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.
Three biology professors—Ethan Bier, Ananda Goldrath and Stephen Hedrick—will receive more than $2 million from the National Institutes of Health over the next five years, while postdoctoral researcher Valentino Gantz will receive an additional $1.25 million from the agency over the same period to support their innovative and transformative research.
Three UC San Diego Biologists Receive Howard Hughes Medical Institute Faculty Scholar Awards
Three University of California San Diego professors in the Division of Biological Sciences have been named Faculty Scholars by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Simons Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Honorees include Professor Samara Reck-Peterson and Professor Gürol Süel as well as Associate Adjunct Professor Clodagh O'Shea.
Microsporidia cause diarrhea, an illness called microsporidiosis and even death in immune-compromised individuals.
In spite of those widespread medical problems, scientists were uncertain about how these single-celled fungi reproduced in human or animal cells.
But in a study that employed transparent roundworms, biologists at the University of California San Diego succeeded in directly observing how these microorganisms replicate and spread. And what they saw surprised them.
Biologists have discovered high levels of pesticides and other contaminants from marine mammals in the tissues of endangered California condors living near the coast that they say could complicate recovery efforts for the largest land bird in North America.
Migratory birds often use warm, rising atmospheric currents to gain height with little energy expenditure when flying over long distances.
It’s a behavior known as thermal soaring that requires complex decision-making within the turbulent environment of a rising column of warm air from the sun baked surface of the earth. But exactly how birds navigate within this ever-changing environment to optimize their thermal soaring was unknown until a team of physicists and biologists at the University of California San Diego took an exacting computational look at the problem.
Researchers at the University of California San Diego and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have come up with a strategy for using synthetic biology in therapeutics. The approach enables continual production and release of drugs at disease sites in mice while simultaneously limiting the size, over time, of the populations of bacteria engineered to produce the drugs. The findings are published in the July 20 online issue of Nature.
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