biochemistry

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.

Growing Gratitude in the New Year: Jonathan Ho Plants Seeds of Community

January 03, 2020
Over the past three years, undergraduate Jonathan Ho and his colleagues have raised over $50,000 for a community garden project in Knights Landing. In 2020, they'll work with Yolo County to fully establish the garden and begin conducting community activities.

DEET Beats Clove-based Mosquito Repellent on Performance and Price

November 07, 2019
Kaiming Tan, an undergraduate working with Professor Walter Leal at the UC Davis Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, recently put a home-brewed clove repellent to the test against DEET. Their paper was just published in PLOS One.

The Repellence Cocktail: Mosquito Sense of Smell Reveals More Mysteries

August 01, 2019
While we know certain plant-derived compounds act as insect repellents, much of the molecular science behind insect olfaction remains a mystery. In a study published in iScience, UC Davis researchers exposed further layers of complexity in the mosquito olfactory system.