The 2000s

As Biological Sciences’ world-renowned research and teaching programs continue to grow in both size and stature, the division becomes an independent college at UC Davis.

2000s: Cellular biologist Jodi Nunnari publishes seminal research on mitochondria as dynamic networks that undergo division and fusion events. Her discoveries revolutionize mitochondrial research and correct college textbooks’ previous description of mitochondria as static entities.

2000: The program in Exercise Biology is transferred to the Division of Biological Sciences from the College of Letters and Science.

2001: The Genome Center is established. The Associate Director for Bioinformatics, Professor Craig Benham, is the Acting Director until 2003 when the founding Director, Richard Michelmore, is appointed. The Genome and Biomedical Sciences Facility, which houses the Genome Center, is officially dedicated on October 13, 2004.   

2001: Molecular and cellular biologist Ron Baskin and colleagues release a video capturing images of an enzyme “unzipping” a strand of DNA, an important technique aimed at repairing DNA in patients with genetic illnesses.

2005: July 21, the College of Biological Sciences becomes official!

2008: The former sections of evolution and ecology; microbiology; molecular and cellular biology; neurobiology, physiology, and behavior; and plant biology become departments within CBS.

2009: Ecologist Gail Patricelli pioneers use of the “fembot,” a robotic female sage-grouse that she sends into her Wyoming field lab to observe the species’ courting rituals and mating strategies.