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    • Omar Akbari looking at glass tube of small insects

      Omar Akbari Honored with NIH New Innovator Award

      Three University of California San Diego researchers have received prestigious awards through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program. They include Omar Akbari, who was awarded a New Innovator Award for early career scientists and supports their efforts to conduct trailblazing new research in the biomedical sciences.

    • A computer rendering of a tardigrade floating in water

      Cracking How ‘Water Bears’ Survive the Extremes

      Researchers discover that a protein in tiny tardigrades binds and forms a protective cloud against extreme survival threats such as radiation damage

      Scientists at the University of California San Diego have gained a new understanding of how tardigrades are protected in extreme conditions. Their findings are published in the journal eLife on Oct. 1, 2019.

    • A grid of the proposed electrodes superimposed on top of mouse cortex; the dark regions correspond to regions that process input from individual whiskers from the mouse.

      Wired to Think

      UC San Diego leads study to advance knowledge of brain signaling with breakthrough sensors

      To understand how humans think, it comes down to the wiring. For 60 years, scientists have used metal electrodes—recording sensors—to study cognition by capturing and measuring electrical spikes of a few neurons during brain activity. This gives them a partial picture of brain signals. To get a full picture of thought processes at work, however, UC San Diego Neurophysicist David Kleinfeld asserts that new electrode sensors that make use of exotic structures are needed.

    • Three maize lined up next to three maize encrusted in white fungi. Figure with organic molecules depicted below the maize.

      Biologists Untangle Growth and Defense in Maize, Define Key Antibiotic Pathways

      Researchers identify six genes responsible for the production of plant antibiotics known for critical disease resistance

      In order to meet the demands of growing human populations, agricultural production must double within the next 30 years. Yet the health of today’s crops and the promise of their yield face a rising slate of threats—from pests to chaotic weather events—leading to an urgent need to identify effective, natural plant defense strategies.

    • Susan Golden

      Susan Golden Elected to American Academy of Microbiology Board of Governors

      Biological Sciences Distinguished Professor Susan Golden has been elected to the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM).

    • Still image pulled from UC San Diego video from three-strain co-culture experiments of E. coli.

      Synthetic Biologists Extend Functional Life of Cancer-Fighting Circuitry in Microbes

      Bioengineers and biologists at the University of California San Diego have developed a method to significantly extend the life of gene circuits used to instruct microbes to do things such as produce and deliver drugs, break down chemicals and serve as environmental sensors.

    • Kimberly Cooper

      Biological Sciences’ Kimberly Cooper Selected for Renowned Awards

      UC San Diego Division of Biological Sciences Assistant Professor Kimberly Cooper recently was honored with two prominent awards.

    • Green plant in the sun

      Biologists Pioneer First Method to Decode Gene Expression

      Genomic ‘Rosetta Stone’ taps powerful algorithm to identify expressible genes at near-perfect accuracy

      Given the recent remarkable advancements in genetics, it’s easy to assume that 21 st century scientists have at their disposal a clear, quick way to run a genomic sequence scan and find out which genes among thousands can be expressed and which cannot. Gene expression is the process by which information encoded within genes leads to key products, such as proteins.

    • David Traver

      David Traver Wins Prestigious International Hematology Award

      UC San Diego Division of Biological Sciences Professor David Traver has been selected to receive the 2019 McCulloch and Till Award from the International Society for Experimental Hematology (ISEH).

    • Matthew Banghart and Yimin Zou

      National Organizations Announce Funding to Support UC San Diego Neurobiologists

      Matthew Banghart and Yimin Zou recognized for leading innovative research

      Matthew Banghart and Yimin Zou, scientists in UC San Diego’s Division of Biological Sciences Section of Neurobiology, have been selected for prestigious awards by national organizations.

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