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  • 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.

  • Pair of Discoveries Illuminate New Paths to Flu and Anthrax Treatments

    Experiments provide details of mechanisms underlying viruses and infections

    Two recent studies led by biologists at the University of California San Diego have set the research groundwork for new avenues to treat influenza and anthrax poisoning.

    Published a month apart in PLOS Pathogens, the studies from Professor Ethan Bier’s laboratory used a series of experiments to identify key pathways and mechanisms previously unknown or overlooked in the body’s defenses.

  • Luring Hornets: Scientists Unlock Sex Pheromone of Notorious Honey Bee Predator

    Traps baited with synthetic pheromone could become solution to invasive Asian hornet

    Over the past decade, Asian hornets, predatory insects with a widespread and expanding population, have invaded parts of Europe and Korea. Vespa velutina has a growing reputation as a species that proliferates rapidly, preys on honey bees and poses risks to humans.

    Now a biologist at the University of California San Diego and his colleagues in Asia have developed a solution for controlling Asian hornets derived from the insect’s natural chemical mating instincts.

  • Bingfei Yu Wins 2017 Biology Founding Faculty Award

    Award established in 2014 honors excellence in graduate research

    Bingfei Yu, a graduate student in Professor Ananda Goldrath’s laboratory in the Division of Biological Sciences, has been awarded the 2017 Biology Founding Faculty Award for Graduate Excellence.

    Founded in 2014, the $1,000 award is bestowed annually through an endowment from the Division of Biological Sciences’ founding faculty. Yu was recognized during an award ceremony Sept. 28, 2017 at UC San Diego’s Faculty Club.

  • A Flip Flop Revolution

    From algae surfboards to sustainable shoes, a campus innovation that could change the world

    UC San Diego students and researchers have produced the world’s first algae-based, renewable flip flops.

    The first prototypes of their new invention, developed over the summer in a York Hall chemistry laboratory, consist of a flexible, spongy slipper adorned with a Triton logo and a simple strap—fairly basic, as flip flops go.

    But when they go into full production later this academic year at what researchers hope will be a projected cost of $3 a pair, the impact of this campus innovation could be revolutionary, changing the world for the better environmentally.

  • Emma Farley Garners National High-Risk, High-Reward Award

    Two UC San Diego scientists recognized for innovative biomedical research

    Two researchers at the University of California San Diego have been selected to receive awards from the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) 2017 High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program.

    The NIH created the awards, given to “exceptionally creative scientists,” to support unconventional approaches to major challenges in biomedical research.

    Through the program, Emma Farley, an assistant professor at UC San Diego’s Division of Biological Sciences and School of Medicine, has been awarded the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award. Melissa Gymrek, an assistant professor in the School of Medicine and Department of Computer Science and Engineering, will receive the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award.

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