The 1990s

John and Lois Crowe

Lois was a graduate student on campus when John joined the faculty and moved into the lab next door. From there grew a marriage, and a decades-long research collaboration in molecular and cellular biology.

With the completion of the Life Sciences building and the establishment of our five current academic departments, the pieces fall into place for today's College of Biological Sciences.

1990: The Center for Neuroscience is established. The Center's first building in South Davis opens in 1992 under the directorship of Professor Michael Gazzaniga.

1992: Biologist Joel Keizer publishes a model for insulin secretion that has a major impact of science's understanding of this fundamental biomedical process.

1993: The Division reorganizes and establishes today's College sections: Evolution and Ecology, Microbiology, Molecular and Cell Biology, Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, and Plant Biology.

1997: Mathematical biologist Marc Mangel co-authors a seminal book on linking field work with lab work, models with data: The Ecological Detective. His book influences a new generation of ecology graduate students.

1997: The 63,000 sq. ft. Life Sciences building is finished and faculty move in. The building brings together more than 30 faculty research laboratories and is architecturally designed to foster collaborations, featuring interconnected labs and common-area spaces that house essential research equipment and facilities.

1998: Professors John Crowe and Lois Crowe successfully freeze-dry blood platelets for the first time, extending the shelf-life of blood transfusion supplies.