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Different Strokes for Different Fly Folks: Study Links Reproductive Evolution of Hawaiian Flies to Environment

June 12, 2019
In a new study, UC Davis postdoctoral researcher Didem Sarikaya and her colleagues analyzed egg-laying strategies of 65 different Hawaiian Drosophila species and found that egg-laying capacities diverged in response to their unique environments, which directly affected the number of cells involved in each species’ ovarian development.

A Menagerie of Model Organisms

May 14, 2019
What can a worm or fish tell us about the human body? When it comes to biology, quite a lot actually. Learn how UC Davis researchers are using animal models to answer basic biological questions that will build the foundation for revolutions in human health in the new feature story "A Menagerie of Model Organisms."

Engineering a Balanced Diet? Hormone FGF21 Promotes Protein Preference

May 13, 2019
In a study appearing in Endocrinology, Associate Professor Karen Ryan and her colleagues identified the hormone fibroblast growth factor-21 (FGF21) as a control for regulating dietary protein intake in male mice. They found that male mice injected with the hormone increased their intake of dietary protein over carbohydrates and fats.

Plant Biology Ph.D. Student Katie Murphy Wins Systemwide UC Grad Slam

May 10, 2019
Plant Biology Ph.D. student Katie Murphy of UC Davis won today’s UC Grad Slam, judged the best at summarizing her research in three minutes or less, for a general audience. She competed against other campus Grad Slam winners — and became the first UC Davis student to take the systemwide championship.

Aggie Hero: Marwa Zafarullah

May 09, 2019
The culture shock hit Marwa Zafarullah right away. The native of Pakistan landed in the United States for the first time just four years ago, knowing little English and not having any family or friends to lean on for support.

Faculty Member Philipp Zerbe Shares his Experience with the Language of Plants—and People

May 09, 2019
Growing up in Germany, Philipp Zerbe knew he wanted to be a biologist by the time he was 5 years old. In fact, he scribbled the decision to become a ‘Biologe’ down on paper, which his parents kept—and gifted to him upon becoming an assistant professor of plant biology in the College of Biological Sciences at UC Davis in 2014.

Disease-Causing Nibbling Amoeba Hides by Displaying Proteins From Host Cells

April 30, 2019
A parasitic amoeba that causes severe gut disease in humans protects itself from attack by biting off pieces of host cells and putting their proteins on its own surface, according to a study by microbiologists at the University of California, Davis.