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New Cryo-Electron Microscope Powers Biological Sciences Discovery

February 18, 2020
Chancellor Gary S. May and Mark Winey, dean of the College of Biological Sciences, recently cut the ribbon on a new cryo-EM facility in Briggs Hall. The $2.5 million microscope is open to all campus researchers. It can collect thousands of images a day to assemble into movies showing how proteins and other biomolecules do their work.

Giving Humanity a Hand with Supernumerary Robotics

February 06, 2020
A team of UC Davis researchers look to give humanity an extra hand—literally. A new, NSF-funded collaboration between the Departments of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) and Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior (NPB) plans to develop and test a robotic fifth limb to give humans extra capabilities in extreme environments.

Bumblebees Carry Heavy Loads in Economy Mode

February 05, 2020
Bumblebees are the big lifters of the insect world, able to fly back to the hive with almost their own body weight in nectar on board. A study published Feb. 5 in Science Advances shows how they do it — and that bees can show more flexibility in behavior than you might expect from a bumbling insect.

CRYO EM: Unleashing the Future of Biology at UC Davis

February 04, 2020
Atomic-level imaging has finally arrived at UC Davis! Introducing the newest addition to the Biological Electron Microscope Core Facility.

Bios Magazine: The Ancient Origin of Photosynthesis

February 04, 2020
The origin of photosynthesis is a tale of biological thievery that started billions of years ago. In this comic, Distinguished Professor John Clark Lagarias walks us through this tale.

About That Butterfly Contest: ‘It’s Complicated’

January 30, 2020
Professor Art Shapiro predicted it: The cabbage white butterfly would be out this week, alerting his “posse” to their opportunity to win his annual Beer for a Butterfly contest — the prize going to the person who catches the first cabbage white of the new year.

Taking a Bite Out of Research: BMCDB Ph.D. Student Natalie Sahabandu Reflects on Her Journey as an Aggie

January 27, 2020
Natalie Sahabandu is a Ph.D student in the BMCDB Graduate Group. As an undergraduate at UC Davis, she picked up science skills through the Biology Undergraduate Scholars Program. Her interest in science and biology is all due to her mother, who carted the young Sahabandu to various science exhibitions at local universities in Sri Lanka.

Associate Professor Santiago Ramirez Named as a Chancellor's Fellow

January 22, 2020
Associate Professor Santiago Ramirez, Department of Evolution and Ecology, was among the 20th class of Chancellor's Fellows. This marks the 20th anniversary of the program that provides philanthropic support to exceptional early career faculty members.

Shivering Seeds: Using Gene Trees to Map a Weed’s Ability to Thrive

January 21, 2020
In a study appearing in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, UC Davis researchers used the staple plant model organism Arabidopsis thaliana, known commonly as the thale cress, to uncover the genetic mechanisms that control its seeds responses to chilly weather.

Can Scents Create New Species? Smells Like Orchid Bee Evolution

January 13, 2020
To attract a mate, male orchid bees collect scents from the environment to create the perfect aroma. In a study appearing in Nature Communications, UC Davis researchers link the evolution of sexual signaling in orchid bees to a gene that’s been shaped by each species’ perfume preferences

Bios Magazine: Making Sense of Your Perceptions

January 10, 2020
UC Davis College of Biological Sciences neuroscientists like Wilsaan Joiner and Jochen Ditterich are exploring new ways to understand how our brains make sense of our perceptions, in hopes to help diagnose and fight debilitating conditions like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.