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    • Ryan Hibbs

      Ryan Hibbs Wins Ochsner Award for Research on Smoking and Disease

      Professor Ryan Hibbs has been named a winner of the 38th annual Alton Ochsner Award. The award recognizes scientists who have contributed significantly to science’s understanding of the relationship between smoking and disease, along with the development of innovative treatments.

    • Ugbad Farah

      Leaders in Their Fields

      Five graduate students were recently inducted into the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society.

      Five UC San Diego graduate students, including BioSci's Ugbad Farah, recently joined the ranks of the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society, a prestigious national organization committed to social justice, diversity, leadership and academic excellence.

    • Stephen Hedrick and Susan Kaech elected to NAS

      Five from UC San Diego Elected to National Academy of Sciences

      New members represent biological sciences, mathematics, computer science and oceanography

      Distinguished Professor Emeritus Stephen Hedrick and Adjunct Professor Susan Kaech have been elected to membership in the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors bestowed on U.S. scientists and engineers.

    • Training interview on camera

      There is an Art to Communicating Scientific Research

      Cross-disciplinary program helps researchers explain what they do (and why)

      UC San Diego's Research Communications Program focuses on practical training to help scientific researchers shine as they share their findings on and off camera.

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      Researchers Discover Key Functions of Therapeutically Promising Jumbo Viruses

      Identifying core replication processes moves scientists closer to tapping phage as a treatment in the growing antibiotic resistance crisis

      Viruses known as “jumbo” phages are seen as a potential tool against deadly bacterial infections. But scientists must first decipher the extraordinary makeup of these mysterious viruses. Researchers have now uncovered a key piece of jumbo phage development that helps them counter bacteria.

    • Dean Kit Pogliano

      Five UC San Diego Scientists Elected AAAS Fellows

      Five University of California San Diego researchers, including Dean Kit Pogliano, have been elected 2023 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), one of the world’s largest general scientific organizations.

    • Andrea Sama head shot

      HHMI Gilliam Fellowship to Andrea Sama and Jazz Dickinson Supports New EDI Initiative

      Fellowship funding paves the way for a May 10 keynote address on issues of health equity in the Latinx community

      Graduate Student Andrea Sama and Assistant Professor Jazz Dickinson have been awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gilliam Fellowship, which is awarded to graduate student-advisor pairs in recognition of outstanding research and a commitment to build a more inclusive scientific ecosystem.

    • Image of sea urchins in laboratory

      UC San Diego Receives $7.35 Million for Scripps Center for Oceans and Human Health

      Center will focus on advancing science of marine contaminants, nutrients and seafood security in a changing climate

      UC San Diego was awarded $7.35 million in funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health for a multidisciplinary program that includes BioSci Professor Eric Allen to advance understanding of marine contaminants and nutrients.

    • Human cells during mitosis

      Cell Division Quality Control ‘Stopwatch’ Uncovered

      Mechanism keeps track of the time cells take to split, sounding the alarm on cells that may turn cancerous

      UC San Diego biologists have uncovered a quality control timing mechanism tied to cell division. The “stopwatch” function keeps track of mitosis and acts as a protective measure when the process takes too long, preventing the formation of cancerous cells.

    • High magnification image of DNA transcription

      New Genetic Analysis Tool Tracks Risks Tied to CRISPR Edits

      Classification system uses genetic fingerprints to identify unintentional ‘bystander’ edits linked with new disease therapies

      While CRISPR has shown immense promise as a next-generation therapeutic tool, the gene editing technology’s edits are still imperfect. Researchers have developed a new system to test and analyze CRISPR-based DNA repair and related risks from unintended but harmful “bystander” edits.

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