Recent News

  • Biology Professors Named World’s Most Influential in Their Fields

    Three UC San Diego Division of Biological Sciences faculty members are among the world’s most influential researchers in their fields, based on their publications over the past decade.

  • Worldwide Importance of Honey Bees for Natural Habitats Captured in New Report

    Global synthesis of data reveals honey bees as world’s key pollinator of non-crop plants

    An unprecedented study integrating data from around the globe has shown that honey bees are the world’s most important single species of pollinator in natural ecosystems and a key contributor to natural ecosystem functions. The first quantitative analysis of its kind, led by biologists at the University of California San Diego, is published Jan. 10 in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

  • Emily Petty Honored with Chancellor’s Outstanding Postdoctoral Scholar Award

    Emily Petty, a postdoctoral researcher in the Division of Biological Sciences, has been awarded a 2017-2018 Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Postdoctoral Scholar.

  • Pesticides and Poor Nutrition Damage Animal Health

    Study is the first to demonstrate combined effects on bee survival

    The combined effects of pesticides and a lack of nutrition form a deadly one-two punch, new research from biologists at the University of California San Diego has shown for the first time.

    In a study published Dec. 20 in  Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Simone Tosi, James Nieh and their colleagues used honey bees due to their important role as agricultural pollinators and “bioindicators” of environmental quality.

  • Researchers Unravel Key Mechanism Underlying Hydra’s Regenerative Ability

    Findings describe how animal’s cells self-assemble to become a separate organism

    Hydra, a gangly, translucent animal found in freshwater ponds and lakes, has been the subject of countless studies due to its astonishing ability to regenerate. A relative of jellyfish, the multi-tentacled  Hydra boasts the uncanny capacity to regenerate into a complete new organism after having been dissociated into individual cells.

    Research conducted at the University of California San Diego led by biophysicist Eva-Maria Collins has solved a key mechanism underlying this process by breaking down how  Hydra’s cells are able to self-organize into functioning tissue during regeneration.

  • Scientists Identify Promising New Approach for Immune System Defense against Cancer

    Team finds ‘Runx3’ programs T cells to amass in tissues where they protect against infection and tumor growth, opening the door to potential new cancer therapies

    Looking to bolster the body’s immune system in the fight against infection and cancer, researchers at the University of California San Diego and their colleagues have identified a promising new strategy to program the immune system to meet the pathogen or malignancy in the tissues where they first pose a threat. 

  • Six Biology Graduate Students Awarded 2017 Goeddel Fellowships

    Six graduate students in the Division of Biological Sciences have been named 2017 awardees of David V. Goeddel Graduate Fellowships at UC San Diego.

  • James Nieh Named Fellow of Royal Entomological Society

    Professor specializing in bee communication and health recognized by esteemed organization

    James Nieh, a professor in the University of California San Diego Division of Biological Sciences, has been elected a fellow of the Royal Entomological Society.

    The recent chair of the Section of Ecology, Behavior and Evolution, Nieh studies the evolution of communication in social bees and factors that influence honey bee health.

  • Women Rising

    Despite their minority status in STEM fields, women scientists at UC San Diego have overtaken men as leaders of the campus’s biggest research grants

    For Elizabeth Villa, 2017 was a banner year.

    Earlier this year, the biophysicist and assistant professor of molecular biology received her first of four years of research funding from the Pew Charitable Trusts following her selection last fall as a Pew scholar. Villa was one of only 22 early-career biomedical researchers nationwide to win the prize.

  • Don Helinski Honored with Revelle Medal

    Biologist receives Chancellor’s highest honor for a half-century of contributions

    Don Helinski, professor emeritus in the Division of Biological Sciences’ Section of Molecular Biology, has been awarded a 2017 Revelle Medal, the highest honor given by the Chancellor to a current or former UC San Diego faculty member. Helinski was honored with the medal on Nov. 17, 2017 during the university’s Founders Day celebration.

  • Lorraine Pillus Named 2017 AAAS Fellow

    The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the largest general science organization in the United States and publisher of the journal Science, has awarded the distinction of fellow to six UC San Diego professors including Lorraine Pillus, professor of molecular biology and associate dean of the Division of Biological Sciences.

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