Recent News

  • UC San Diego Researchers Join $14.9 Million Fight Against Disease-transmitting Mosquitoes

    As disease-carrying mosquitoes threaten California, scientists leading cutting-edge gene-editing technologies take part in DARPA’s new Safe Genes project

    University of California San Diego scientists have been selected by The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to be part of a “Safe Genes” research team that will receive up to $14.9 million to study an innovative genetic research technique as a way to control disease-causing mosquitoes.

  • New Study of Brain Circuits Finds Key Links to Symptoms of Depression

    Altering distinct brain pathways found to aid symptoms such as social withdrawal and helplessness behavior

    University of California San Diego scientists have linked specific wiring in the brain to distinct behavioral symptoms of depression.

    In a study published in the journal Cell, researchers in UC San Diego’s Division of Biological Sciences found brain circuits tied to feelings of despair and helplessness and were able to alleviate and even reverse such symptoms in mice studies.

  • Scientists Invent New Tool for the Synthetic Biologist’s Toolbox

    Researchers at the University of California San Diego have invented a new method for controlling gene expression across bacterial colonies. The method involves engineering dynamic DNA copy number changes in a synchronized fashion. 

  • Challenging Norms and Making a Difference in STEM Education

    AAAS leader visits UC San Diego to help ‘move the needle’ for underrepresented students

    Shirley Malcom, director of education and human resources programs for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), visited UC San Diego on June 26 for a stimulating roundtable discussion with UC San Diego diversity leaders on the responsibility of higher education institutions to improve the numbers of underrepresented students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

  • Biologist Elected to German National Academy

    Plant biologist Julian Schroeder honored with membership in Leopoldina

    Julian Schroeder, a distinguished professor of biology at UC San Diego, has been elected to the Leopoldina, the German National Academy of Sciences.

  • UC San Diego Biologists Named Pew Scholars

    UC San Diego Biologists Named Pew Scholars

    The Pew Charitable Trusts today announced that Rachel Dutton and Elizabeth Villa, researchers in the University of California San Diego’s Division of Biological Sciences, have been selected as Pew scholars in biomedical sciences.

    Selected as part of a group of 22 exceptional early-career researchers, Dutton and Villa will each receive four years of flexible funding to pursue foundational research.

  • Biology Undergrad Links Underserved Students to STEM Opportunities

    New outreach initiative connects and inspires high school students

    Areian Eghbali, a junior studying biology at the University of California San Diego, has developed an outreach program to introduce local underserved high school students to learning and career paths in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

  • Barton Receives Simons Foundation Early Career Award

    Oceanographer to study the diversity of phytoplankton off La Jolla

    Scientists have long sought to understand the factors that contribute to the diversity of phytoplankton.

  • Dianne Pater Honored by Bouchet Graduate Society

    Society recognizes scholarly achievement and promotes diversity in doctoral education

    Division of Biological Sciences graduate student Dianne Pater has been inducted into the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. In all, 11 UC San Diego PhD students were recognized recently at the 14th Annual Bouchet Conference on Diversity in Graduate Education at the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

  • Study Finds Bacteria Living in Marine Sponge Produce Toxic Flame Retardant-Like Compounds

    A Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego-led research team, along with scientists in the UC San Diego Division of Biological Sciences, discovered for the first time that a common marine sponge hosts bacteria that specialize in the production of toxic compounds nearly identical to man-made fire retardants

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