Recent News

  • Scientists Identify Promising New Approach for Immune System Defense against Cancer

    Team finds ‘Runx3’ programs T cells to amass in tissues where they protect against infection and tumor growth, opening the door to potential new cancer therapies

    Looking to bolster the body’s immune system in the fight against infection and cancer, researchers at the University of California San Diego and their colleagues have identified a promising new strategy to program the immune system to meet the pathogen or malignancy in the tissues where they first pose a threat. 

  • Six Biology Graduate Students Awarded 2017 Goeddel Fellowships

    Six graduate students in the Division of Biological Sciences have been named 2017 awardees of David V. Goeddel Graduate Fellowships at UC San Diego.

  • James Nieh Named Fellow of Royal Entomological Society

    Professor specializing in bee communication and health recognized by esteemed organization

    James Nieh, a professor in the University of California San Diego Division of Biological Sciences, has been elected a fellow of the Royal Entomological Society.

    The recent chair of the Section of Ecology, Behavior and Evolution, Nieh studies the evolution of communication in social bees and factors that influence honey bee health.

  • Women Rising

    Despite their minority status in STEM fields, women scientists at UC San Diego have overtaken men as leaders of the campus’s biggest research grants

    For Elizabeth Villa, 2017 was a banner year.

    Earlier this year, the biophysicist and assistant professor of molecular biology received her first of four years of research funding from the Pew Charitable Trusts following her selection last fall as a Pew scholar. Villa was one of only 22 early-career biomedical researchers nationwide to win the prize.

  • Don Helinski Honored with Revelle Medal

    Biologist receives Chancellor’s highest honor for a half-century of contributions

    Don Helinski, professor emeritus in the Division of Biological Sciences’ Section of Molecular Biology, has been awarded a 2017 Revelle Medal, the highest honor given by the Chancellor to a current or former UC San Diego faculty member. Helinski was honored with the medal on Nov. 17, 2017 during the university’s Founders Day celebration.

  • Lorraine Pillus Named 2017 AAAS Fellow

    The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the largest general science organization in the United States and publisher of the journal Science, has awarded the distinction of fellow to six UC San Diego professors including Lorraine Pillus, professor of molecular biology and associate dean of the Division of Biological Sciences.

  • Researchers Discover New Pathway for Handling Stress

    Newly detected resistance mechanism helps protect cells from threats such as heat shock

    Balance is key to many physiological functions and it is especially true in the production and regulation of proteins. A balance of proteins in cells helps maintain health, but an unhealthy clumping can lead to a variety of diseases, including those connected to aging such as Alzheimer’s.

    Researchers at the University of California San Diego studying how animals respond to infections have found a new pathway that may help in tolerating stressors that damage proteins.

    Naming the pathway the Intracellular Pathogen Response or “IPR,” the scientists say it is a newly discovered way for animals to cope with certain types of stress and attacks, including heat shock.

  • Scientists Decipher Mechanisms Underlying the Biology of Aging

    Multi-pronged approach reveals a delicate balance required for longevity

    Understanding the factors that control aging has been one of humanity’s endless pursuits, from the mystical fountain of youth to practical healthful regimens to prolong life expectancy.

    A team of scientists at the University of California San Diego has now helped decipher the dynamics that control how our cells age, and with it implications for extending human longevity. As described  in a study published in  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a group led by biologist Nan Hao employed a combination of technologies in engineering, computer science and biology to analyze molecular processes that influence aging.

  • UC San Diego Researchers Solve Mystery of Oxygenation Connections in the Brain

    Scientists have known that areas of the brain with similar functions—even those in different brain hemispheres—connect to share signals when the body rests, but they haven’t known how this “resting-state connectivity” occurs. Now, scientists in the Neurophysics Laboratory at the University of California San Diego may have the answer. Using an advanced form of optical microscopy designed by David Kleinfeld and Philbert Tsai in the UC San Diego Department of Physics, postdoctoral fellow Celine Mateo and colleagues studied tiny changes in the diameter of brain blood vessels across the entire cortex of a mouse.

  • UC San Diego Biology-Biochemistry Ranked Eighth in the Nation

    US News ranking also rates molecular biology and genetics in top 10

    The University of California San Diego has been named the globe’s 16th best university by U.S. News and World Report. The campus was also recognized as the nation’s 5th best public university in the fourth annual rankings, which measure factors such as research, global and regional reputation; international collaboration; as well as the number of highly-cited papers and doctorates awarded.

  • Mutant Gene Found to Fuel Cancer-Promoting Effects of Inflammation

    Crosstalk between tumor and immune response boosts human cancers

    A human gene called p53, which is commonly known as the “guardian of the genome,” is widely known to combat the formation and progression of tumors. Yet, mutant forms of p53 have been linked to more cases of human cancer than any other gene.

    Investigating core mechanisms of how cancer cells respond to their surroundings in the human body, biologists at the University of California San Diego have discovered new evidence about mutant p53 that may reshape our understanding of tumor growth and ultimately how we treat cancer.

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