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    • Headshot of Rachel Dutton

      Rachel Dutton and David Traver Recognized with NIH’s High-Risk, High-Reward Awards

      Three researchers at the University of California San Diego have been selected to receive 2018 NIH Director’s New Innovator Awards. In addition, David Traver from the UC San Diego School of Medicine, has received an NIH Director’s Transformative award.

    • Taking out the (Life-threatening) Garbage: Bacteria Eject Trash to Survive

      ‘Minicell’ pods, used in drug delivery, discard damaged proteins to prolong life

      Scientists have known for decades that certain bacteria produce small spherical versions of themselves. Although they lack basic materials to reproduce or function like normal cells, recent interest in such “minicells” has spiked due to their proficiency as nano-sized delivery tools for drugs and vaccines to targeted cells and tissues.

    • Physicists Train Robotic Gliders to Soar like Birds

      The novel study applies reinforcement learning to set a course toward artificial intelligence

    • Ribbon cutting ceremony

      Nikon Imaging Center Opens at UC San Diego

      The Nikon Imaging Center, a collaborative microscopy center that provides local researchers with access to the latest imaging technologies, opened September 13, 2018 at the University of California San Diego.

    • Sergey Kryazhimskiy

      Sergey Kryazhimskiy Awarded Hellman Fellowship

      Division of Biological Sciences Assistant Professor Sergey Kryazhimskiy has been awarded a Hellman Fellowship for 2018-2019. He is one of 11 UC San Diego faculty members to receive the award, which is designed to provide financial support to promising early career faculty who show a capacity for distinction in their research and creative activities.

    • RNAs interacting with BRD4

      Byproducts of ‘Junk DNA’ Implicated in Cancer Spread

      Emerging class of RNAs keep tumor-promoting genes turned on

      Only an estimated two percent of the human genome encodes for functional proteins that carry out normal biological processes. The remaining approximately 98 percent—the “junk DNA”—has for many years been considered a useless artifact.

    • Byungkook Lim

      Byungkook Lim Honored for Research Achievements By Brain and Behavior Foundation

      The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation has named Byungkook Lim, a Division of Biological Sciences assistant professor, as the recipient of its 2018 Daniel X. Freedman Award, an honor that recognizes outstanding brain and behavior research.

    • Coffee beans, oil rig, and cells

      Bacterial Communities Use Sophisticated Strategy to Communicate over Long Distances

      Clusters of bacteria employ the same ‘percolation’ method we use to brew coffee

      A theory known as “percolation” is now helping microbiologists at the University of California San Diego explain how communities of bacteria can effectively relay signals across long distances. 

    • Gulcin Pekkurnaz

      Biological Sciences Neurobiologist Recognized by National Programs

      Gulcin Pekkurnaz, an assistant professor in the Section of Neurobiology, recently received two prominent distinctions as an emerging early career scientist.

    • DDX3-deficient cells infected with Lassa virus

      Scientists ID Protein Exploited by Virus Ravaging West Africa

      DDX3 protein could serve as a potential target for new drugs to treat deadly fever

      A research team from several institutions being led by the University of California San Diego has deciphered a key component behind a rising epidemic of pathogens that the World Health Organization (WHO) recently added to its list of critical emerging diseases.

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