Understanding Traffic Congestion on the Shifting Roadways of Cell Division

January 23, 2018
In a new study appearing in Developmental Cell, Ruensern Tan, a biochemistry, molecular, cellular and developmental biology graduate student, and Assistant Professor Richard McKenney, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, provide a new molecular model to describe the role of motor proteins in restructuring the cytoskeleton for cell division.

“Smart” Immune Cells: Emerging Cancer Therapy Research at UC Davis Receives a Boost with NIH Award

October 05, 2017
Assistant Professor Sean Collins, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, has received a $1.5 million award from the National Institutes of Health to advance the development of “smart” immune cells for therapies to treat cancer and other diseases. The five-year NIH Director’s New Innovator Award aims to provide new insight into how to engineer immune cells to control their recruitment and response to tumors.

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.

Jodi Nunnari Receives Coveted International Feodor Lynen Medal

April 07, 2017
The College of Biological Sciences would like to congratulate Jodi Nunnari, professor of molecular and cellular biology and chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology for receiving the Feodor Lynen Medal from the German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Savithramma Dinesh-Kumar Recognized with Faculty Research Award

October 31, 2016
Savithramma Dinesh-Kumar, a professor of plant biology and interim chair of the Department of Plant Biology at the University of California, Davis, has received the College of Biological Sciences 2015-2016 Faculty Research Award. He was recognized for his groundbreaking research in plant immunity and the role of chloroplast stromules in programmed cell death.

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.

Molecular Machine, Not Assembly Line, Assembles Microtubules

August 19, 2015
When they think about how cells put together the molecules that make life work, biologists have tended to think of assembly lines: Add A to B, tack on C, and so on. But the reality might be more like a molecular version of a 3-D printer, where a single mechanism assembles the molecule in one go.