Recent News

    • UC San Diego Biologists Named New Pew Scholars

      The Pew Charitable Trusts has announced that UC San Diego Biological Sciences Assistant Professors Matthew Daugherty and Enfu Hui have been selected to the 2018 class of Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences. Pew also announced that Diego Alvarez and Grisel Cruz Becerra, Biological Sciences postdoctoral researchers, have been named new Pew Latin American Fellows in the Biomedical Sciences.

    • Amy Pasquinelli Awarded Grant on Aging Research

      Biological Sciences Professor Amy Pasquinelli has been awarded a grant from the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research to support research on the biology of aging.

    • Keefe Reuther Receives Distinguished Teaching Award

      UC San Diego Biological Sciences Lecturer Keefe Reuther has been named a recipient of the Barbara and Paul Saltman Distinguished Teaching Award.

      Reuther and other 2017-2018 winners were honored May 25, 2018 at an award ceremony at the UC San Diego Faculty Club.

    • Reck-Peterson Named HHMI Investigator

      What drives your curiosity?

      Deciphering basic mechanisms in cell biology has led to many advances in medicine and agriculture. My curiosity to understand the mechanisms of intracellular transport is what drives me.” – Samara Reck-Peterson, new UC San Diego HHMI Investigator

    • Biology Undergraduates Honored for Research Achievements

      Two UC San Diego Biological Sciences undergraduates have been recognized for their outstanding research achievements.

      Sarah Medina and Jiayan Tan were selected to receive Dr. Milton H. Saier Sr. Memorial Awards for outstanding original research achievements in the biology of single-celled organisms known as prokaryotes.

    • Researchers Identify Gene That Helps Prevent Brain Disease

      Protein ‘proofreading’ errors lead to neurodegenerative disease

      Scientists know that faulty proteins can cause harmful deposits or “aggregates” in neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Although the causes of these protein deposits remain a mystery, it is known that abnormal aggregates can result when cells fail to transmit proper genetic information to proteins. University of California San Diego Professor Susan Ackerman and her colleagues first highlighted this cause of brain disease more than 10 years ago. Now, probing deeper into this research, she and colleagues have identified a gene, Ankrd16, that prevents the protein aggregates they originally observed.

    • Scientists Find Missing Factor in Gene Activation

      Answer to decades-long mystery could play a part in cancer and other human diseases

      Until human genes are activated, they are blocked by structures known as nucleosomes, components that serve to package DNA inside cells.

    • Two Biology Graduate Students Receive National Science Foundation Fellowships

      Danielle Garshott and Homa Rahnamoun, graduate students in UC San Diego’s Division of Biological Sciences, have been awarded prestigious 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships.

    • A Drug Lord and the World’s Largest Invasive Animal

      At his infamous zenith in the 1990s, Pablo Escobar’s drug-fueled empire—a vast underworld syndicate built upon the United States’ insatiable appetite for cocaine—made him one of the wealthiest criminals in history.

    • Three UC San Diego Professors Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

      The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the country’s most esteemed honorary societies and independent policy research centers, has elected three professors of the University of California San Diego as new members.

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