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Luca Comai and Michele Igo Receive College of Biological Sciences Faculty Teaching Award

August 17, 2017
The College of Biological Sciences Faculty Teaching Award has two recipients for the 2016-2017 year. Luca Comai, professor of plant biology, and Michele Igo, professor and vice chair of microbiology and molecular genetics, are recognized for their excellence in teaching through enthusiasm and effectiveness of instruction, application of technology and innovation in the classroom, and mentorship and motivation of students.

Mice Provide Insight Into Genetics of Autism Spectrum Disorders

June 26, 2017
Taking advantage of advances in genetic technologies, researchers led by Alex Nord, assistant professor of neurobiology, physiology and behavior with the Center for Neuroscience at the University of California, Davis, are gaining a better understanding of the role played by a specific gene involved in autism. The collaborative work appears June 26 in the journal Nature Neuroscience.

Michael Savageau Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology

June 24, 2017

Distinguished Professor Michael Savageau, who holds dual appointments in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics in the College of Biological Sciences and the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.

Close-Up View of DNA Replication Yields Surprises

June 15, 2017
For the first time scientists have been able to watch individual steps in the replication of a single DNA molecule, with some surprising findings. For one thing, there’s a lot more randomness at work than has been thought. “It’s a different way of thinking about replication that raises new questions,” said Stephen Kowalczykowski, distinguished professor in microbiology and molecular genetics at the University of California, Davis, and at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. The work is published June 15 in the journal Cell with co-authors James Graham, postdoctoral researcher at UC Davis, and Kenneth Marians, Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Top UC Davis Graduate Earns 2 Degrees in 3 Years

June 12, 2017
Even as a valedictorian from a high school just 40 miles away, Srujan Kopparapu felt a little intimidated to start his studies among more than 35,000 students at the University of California, Davis. But the Folsom resident found his place on the highly ranked campus. The 20-year-old, who will receive a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and molecular biology and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, will be presented with the University Medal at the College of Biological Sciences commencement on Friday, June 16.

HHMI Awards $1 Million Grant for Educational Equity

June 08, 2017
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has awarded a grant of $1 million to the University of California, Davis, to use software, data and personal networking among faculty and staff professionals to create a more inclusive educational environment engaged in ongoing improvement.

Cell Biologist Jodi Nunnari Elected to National Academy of Sciences

May 03, 2017
Jodi Nunnari has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences. She studies mitochondria, tiny structures that provide energy to living cells and which are implicated in a wide range of diseases, including heart disease, stroke and inherited conditions.

Peter Wainwright Recognized with Faculty Research Lecture Award, Academic Senate's Highest Honor

May 01, 2017
There’s a distinctly fishy feel to Peter Wainwright’s office. Books on a side table have titles like this one: Basslets, Dottybacks and Hawkfishes. Fish skeletons and skulls adorn boxes and bookshelves. A painting of tropical ocean fish hangs on the wall. Wainwright will be talking about all this and more on Tuesday, May 9, when he presents the annual Faculty Research Lecture. The lecture is the highest award presented by the faculty of the University of California, Davis, to one of their colleagues

Rebecca Calisi's Pigeon Study Takes on Sexism in Science

April 20, 2017
A new study by researchers at the University of California, Davis, and the University of New Hampshire, published April 18 in Scientific Reports, shows surprisingly big differences in tissue gene expression between male and female rock doves. The work is part of an attempt to make science more gender-inclusive and aware of physiological and other differences between the sexes.

Kimmel Scholar Award Propels Sean Collins’ Immune Cell Cancer Research

April 18, 2017
Assistant Professor Sean Collins, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, has received a prestigious, two-year $200,000 award that will help advance the use of immune cells for cancer therapies. The Kimmel Scholar Award is given to 15 of the nation’s most promising young researchers leading the fight against cancer.