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      Cressida Madigan Named 2021 Pew Biomedical Scholar

      The Pew Charitable Trusts has announced that UC San Diego Division of Biological Sciences Assistant Professor Cressida Madigan has been selected for the 2021 Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences.

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      Brainiacs: New Summer Research Program Supports Underrepresented Neurosciences Undergrads

      To better support students interested in graduate studies in neurosciences, UC San Diego’s Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind, in coordination with student organization Colors of the Brain, has created the CoB-KIBM Scholars Program.

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      Researchers Create New CRISPR Tools to Help Contain Mosquito Disease Transmission

      Genetics toolkit targets less researched Culex mosquitoes, which transmit West Nile virus and avian malaria

      University of California San Diego scientists have now developed several genetic editing tools that help pave the way to an eventual gene drive designed to stop Culex mosquitoes from spreading disease.

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      Research Uncovers How ‘Non-professional’ Cells Can Trigger Immune Response

      Worm cells sense changes in metabolism to activate defensive measures against pathogens

      Included in the vast fallout stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists are paying closer attention to microbial infections and how life forms defend against attacks from pathogens.

    • Students Jasmin Revanna and Livia Songster smiling at the camera

      Graduate Students Awarded Prestigious NSF Research Fellowships

      Awards support outstanding graduate students in STEM fields

      UC San Diego Division of Biological Sciences graduate students Jasmin Revanna (Fred Gage's lab, Salk Institute for Biological Studies) and Livia Songster (Samara Reck-Peterson's lab) have been awarded prestigious 2021 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Program (GRFP) Fellowships.

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      Yunde Zhao Named Editor-in-Chief of Plant Physiology

      ASPB is pleased to announce the appointment of Yunde Zhao as editor-in-chief (EIC) of Plant Physiology® beginning January 1, 2022. First published by ASPB in 1926, Plant Physiology® is a premier international journal devoted to all aspects of plant biology research, from structural and molecular discoveries to systems science and ecophysiology.

    • A graphic showing how the genome of fruit flies can be edited by Cas9 and sfRNAs to create isolated species.

      Synthetic SPECIES Developed for Use as a Confinable Gene Drive

      Researchers create novel CRISPR-based fly species as a new method of controlling gene drive spread

      Scientists have developed a gene drive with a built-in genetic barrier that is designed to keep the drive under control. The researchers engineered synthetic fly species that, upon release in sufficient numbers, act as gene drives that can spread locally and be reversed if desired.

    • Rivera-Chávez working in the lab alongside Cinthia Garcia, Rivera- Chávez lab manager

      A Push to Inoculate Vaccination Disparity

      New UC San Diego biologist endeavors to communicate the safety and life-saving importance of COVID-19 vaccination in underserved communities

      Assistant Professor Fabian Rivera-Chávez recently worked alongside colleague Dr. Alli Weis at the University of Utah School of Medicine to publish an article in Spanish in the  Los Angeles Times about vaccine safety, part of his efforts to communicate the importance of vaccination in underserved communities.

    • An image of Joseph Waterton collecting seeds and smiling at the camera.

      Plant Consumers Play Unexpectedly Large Role in the Evolution of Seedling Success

      Influence of herbivores likely counteracts earlier plant emergence due to climate change

      For young plants, timing is just about everything. Now, scientists have found that herbivores, animals that consume plants, have a lot to say about evolution at this vulnerable life stage.

    • Red flourescent patterns in a fruit fly throughout the body

      New Genetic ‘CopyCatchers’ Detect Efficient and Precise CRISPR Editing in a Living Organism

      Proof-of-principle research shows that genes can be accurately edited in cells throughout the body

      Researchers at the University of California San Diego have laid the groundwork for a potential new type of gene therapy using novel CRISPR-based techniques.

    • SEM images of the neural implant’s microelectrode array

      Neural Implant Monitors Multiple Brain Areas at Once, Provides New Neuroscience Insights

      How do different parts of the brain communicate with each other during learning and memory formation? A new study by researchers at the University of California San Diego takes a first step at answering this fundamental neuroscience question.

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