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Key to Regulating Cell’s Powerhouse Discovered: Fundamental Discovery Has Implications for Health and Disease

July 14, 2016
Aging, neurodegenerative disorders and metabolic disease are all linked to mitochondria, structures within our cells that generate chemical energy and maintain their own DNA. In a fundamental discovery with far-reaching implications, scientists at the University of California, Davis, now show how cells control DNA synthesis in mitochondria and couple it to mitochondrial division.

Researchers Study How Cochlear Implants Affect Brain Circuits

June 30, 2016
Supported by a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health, Corina and Lee Miller, associate professor of neurobiology, physiology and behavior at UC Davis, are working to understand why some children respond better to the implants than others.

Prestigious Pew Scholarship for Amoeba ‘Cell Nibbling’

June 09, 2016
A University of California, Davis, microbiologist who studies how a parasitic amoeba kills cells has been named as a 2016 Pew scholar in the biomedical sciences by the Pew Charitable Trusts. The scholarship program provides funding to outstanding young scholars working to advance human health.

Nine Ways UC Davis is Rescuing Oceans

June 06, 2016
World Oceans Day is June 8. It’s a day across the world to celebrate our large expanses of sea and to collaborate for a better future. And this is just what UC Davis scientists are doing. Our researchers are discovering how climate change and human garbage hurt our oceans and their flora and fauna.

Do Zebra Stripes Confuse Biting Flies?

May 25, 2016
Zebra stripes have fascinated people for millennia, and there are a number of different theories to explain why these wild horses should be so brightly marked. A handful of laboratories around the world – including one lead by UC Davis wildlife biologist Tim Caro – have been putting these theories to the test. A new paper from Caro’s group, led by Ken Britten at the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience, puts a hole in one idea: that the stripes confuse biting flies by breaking up polarized light.

UC Davis Scientists Explore the Microbiome

May 13, 2016
Today’s White House announcement of the National Microbiome Initiative will bring new funding and attention to better understand the billions of microbes that swarm around in and around us and probably play an important role in our health, food and environment. At UC Davis, many scientists are already exploring this hidden world. Here are a few of them.

An E. Coli Detector May Be in Your Hands Soon

May 12, 2016
Marc Pollack, a Ph.D. student in the UC Davis Microbiology graduate group, and Jeremy Warren, a former postdoc in Plant Pathology, leave Davis at 5 a.m. every weekday morning to commute to IndieBio, a startup accelerator in a narrow alley just south of Market Street in the heart of San Francisco. It’s where, for four months, they will represent the rest of their team and strenuously refine the business idea behind Astrona, a pathogen detection startup that originated as one of 13 UC Davis interdisciplinary research programs funded by a grant from the Office of Research.

What's Behind the Heartbreaking Risk of Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

April 25, 2016
Researchers have known for more than a decade that the risk of heart disease and stroke increases when people take pain relievers like ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs. Now, scientists from the University of California, Davis, have uncovered some of the reasons why these drugs can harm heart tissue.

Hunter Named American Academy of Microbiology Fellow

March 14, 2016
Neil Hunter, professor of microbiology and molecular genetics in the College of Biological Sciences, has been elected as a fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology, the honorific leadership group of the American Society for Microbiology, which is the world's oldest and largest life-science organization.

Strong, Sanford Receive 2016 Academic Senate Honors

March 14, 2016
The Davis Division of the Academic Senate is honoring its own with annual awards for Distinguished Scholarly Public Service, Distinguished Teaching and Faculty Research Lecture.

Memory Replay Prioritizes High-Reward Experiences

February 11, 2016
Why do we remember some events, places and things, but not others? Our brains prioritize rewarding memories over others, and reinforce them by replaying them when we are at rest, according to new research from the University of California, Davis, Center for Neuroscience, published Feb. 11 in the journal Neuron.