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    • Cartoon showing a viral replication factory assembled by some jumbo viruses. Viral DNA replicates inside the nucleus (blue shell). Viral capsids travel to the nucleus along a treadmilling filament. Capsids dock on the nucleus in order to package viral DNA.

      Viruses Found to Use Intricate ‘Treadmill’ to Move Cargo across Bacterial Cells

      State-of-the-art technologies reveal bacterial cells organized like human cells, offering insights for new phage therapies on untreatable infections

      Now, using advanced technologies to explore the inner workings of bacteria in unprecedented detail, biologists at the University of California San Diego have discovered that in fact bacteria have more in common with sophisticated human cells than previously known.

    • Chris Beierschmitt, Devon Birdseye, Rhea-Comfort Addo, Donte Stevens and Alana Gibson

      Five Biology Graduate Students Receive NSF Research Fellowships

      Five graduate students in UC San Diego’s Division of Biological Sciences have received prestigious 2019 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships. Eight Biology graduate students received honorable mentions.

    • Biology Students Receive Silagi Awards for Undergraduate Excellence

      Award recognizes outstanding undergraduate research and scholastic achievement

      Biology undergraduate students Lauren Brumage, Michael Carver and Evan Saldivar have been selected to receive 2019 Selma and Robert Silagi Awards for Undergraduate Excellence.

    • UC San Diego Ranked Ninth in World in Biomedical Sciences

      Nature Index also cited UC San Diego sixth among academic institutions and UC San Diego Health Sciences seventh among health care institutions in 2019

      In its first-ever assessment of biomedical institutions around the world, based upon published research in a targeted set of high-quality scientific journals, the 2019 Nature Index ranked University of California San Diego ninth among the top 200 institutions in biomedical sciences worldwide.

    • Microscopic image of a Zebrafish with blood cells

      Zebrafish Help Researchers Explore Alternatives to Bone Marrow Donation

      UC San Diego researchers discover new role for epidermal growth factor receptor in blood stem cell development, a crucial key to being able to generate them in the laboratory

      Blood diseases such as leukemia and lymphoma are currently treated with bone marrow transplants — a transfer of blood stem cells from a healthy person to a patient in need. But the demand for patient-matched blood stem cells far exceeds their availability, and many patients go without. To bypass the need for donations, University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers are using zebrafish and human cells to determine how to grow blood stem cells in a laboratory dish.

    • Microscopic image of cells lined up next to each other

      Researchers Unravel Mechanisms that Control Cell Size

      Team of biologists, engineers and physicists uncover origins of precise cellular reproduction

      Working with bacteria, a multidisciplinary team at the University of California San Diego has provided new insight into a longstanding question in science: What are the underlying mechanisms that control the size of cells?

    • Headshot of Joe Pogliano

      Joe Pogliano Elected Fellow of American Academy of Microbiology

      Joe Pogliano, a professor of microbiology in UC San Diego’s Division of Biological Sciences, has been elected to the 2019 class of fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM).

    • Ryoma Hattori (left) and Takaki Komiyama standing side by side

      Scientists Locate Brain Area Where Value Decisions Are Made

      Data from mouse neurons point to unexpected brain region, carrying implications for health and disease

      Neurobiologists at the University of California San Diego have pinpointed the brain area responsible for value decisions that are made based on past experiences.

    • Susan Ackerman and Bill McGinnis headshots

      Susan Ackerman and Bill McGinnis Elected to National Academy of Sciences

      The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has announced that University of California San Diego faculty members Susan Ackerman and Bill McGinnis have been elected to membership in the prestigious organization, considered one of the highest honors for U.S. scientists and engineers.

    • Close-up shot of Jens

      Jens Lykke-Andersen Honored for Excellence in Graduate Teaching

      On Apr. 18, six outstanding UC San Diego faculty members will be honored at the 45th annual Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards for innovative research, extraordinary teaching and making a difference in the community.

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