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    • Fabian Rivera-Chavez and Andrew Muroyama headshot

      Andrew Muroyama and Fabian Rivera-Chávez Selected to Receive Hellman Fellowships

      UC San Diego School of Biological Sciences Assistant Professors Andrew Muroyama and Fabian Rivera-Chávez have been awarded Hellman Fellowships by the University of California.

    • Endosomes collect around mitochondria after infection

      Faulty DNA Disposal System Causes Inflammation

      Scientists outline novel pathway tied to inflammation, aging and disease mediated by mitochondrial DNA

      Each cell features mtDNA, instructions that mitochondria use to create energy. When mtDNA remains where it belongs, cells remain healthy. But when it goes where it doesn’t belong, mtDNA can initiate an immune response and inflammation. Scientists have discovered the pathways behind this process.

    • Photo of normal hand and one with extra digits.

      Extra Fingers and Hearts: Pinpointing Changes to Our Genetic Instructions That Disrupt Development

      Researchers find a vulnerability within our genomes that can cause developmental defects such as extra fingers and heart disorders

      Scientists can now predict which single-letter changes to the DNA within our genomes will alter genetic instructions and disrupt development, leading to changes such as the growth of extra digits and hearts. Such knowledge opens the door to predictions of which enhancer variants underlie disease.

    • Bee on plant

      UC San Diego Is Now a Bee Campus. Here’s What that Means…

      Biologist offers insights on new national designation that supports pollinators and plants

      UC San Diego recently became a Bee Campus USA member, part of a national program created to support pollinating organisms, boost the abundance of native plant species and reduce pesticide use. Professor James Nieh explains what the designation means for UC San Diego and the San Diego region.

    • Professor Terrence Sejnowski

      Terrence Sejnowski Named Scientist of the Year by ARCS San Diego

      AI pioneer to be honored at a special event in April

      Professor Terrence Sejnowski has been named 2024 Scientist of the Year by the ARCS Foundation of San Diego. Sejnowski is being honored for his pioneering research in neural networks and computational neuroscience, achievements that helped form the cornerstones of artificial intelligence.

    • A thin, flexible implant for capturing brain activity

      Transparent Brain Implant Can Read Deep Neural Activity From the Surface

      A multidisciplinary team of researchers at UC San Diego developed a thin, transparent, flexible neural implant that can capture high-resolution information about activity deep inside the brain without damaging its delicate tissue.

    • Virus from Amaro Lab

      Going Viral

      Computer modeling helps scientists understand airborne viruses

      New Biological Sciences Professor Rommie Amaro and her team develop state-of-the-art computational techniques to investigate the structure, function and dynamics of complex biological systems, including viruses, such as SARS-CoV-2 and H1N1.

    • Photo of wood burning as part of a wildfire experiment

      Wildfires Also Impact Aquatic Ecosystems

      Study finds that fire debris transforms lakes and other aquatic ecosystems, with implications for fisheries and water quality

      Researchers have shown that the effects of wildfires are not limited to terrestrial ecosystems. Aquatic ecosystems are also undergoing rapid changes. The study found that fire debris transforms lakes and other aquatic ecosystems, with implications for fisheries and water quality.

    • Artistic depiction of magnifying glass examining AI

      A Deep Look into the AI Revolution

      BioSci event explores the power of artificial intelligence to accelerate scientific discovery and shape biomedical research

      “A Deep Look into the AI Revolution,” a virtual event hosted by the School of Biological Sciences and UCTV, offered attendees a glimpse into how artificial intelligence is being used to accelerate scientific discovery and shape biomedical research, both in academia and industry.

    • Portrait of highly cited UC San Diego professors

      Inside the Matrix: Nanoscale Patterns Revealed Within Model Research Organism

      Advanced instrument provides new 3D views of worm’s exoskeleton and clues about how skin layers are bound together

      Following years of research and the power of a technologically advanced instrument, UC San Diego scientists have detailed the complex nanoscale exoskeleton patterns of the roundworm, a model laboratory organism, revealing clues about how skin layers are bound together.

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