microbiology

The Infection Heist: How Social Viruses Team Up for the Perfect Score

July 11, 2019
Much like characters in a bank heist, viruses in competitive environments can collaborate for their share of the "score" of successfully co-infecting hosts. But these relationships may change once inside the host cell, according to Assistant Professor Samuel Díaz-Muñoz​.

Science Says: UC Davis Grad Students Promote Science Communication

February 06, 2018
Founded in 2015 by Distinguished Professor Pamela Ronald, Plant Pathology and the Genome Center, Science Says started as a project funded by the UC Davis Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy to combat misinformation in food science. Since then, it’s grown into a campus-wide student group.

Biology Grad Student Perspective: New Tax Bill is War on Education

December 01, 2017
UC Davis graduate students gathered Wednesday morning, Nov. 29, outside the Memorial Union, the central hub of campus, to protest tax reform legislation being considered by Congress. The demonstration was part of the “Grad Tax Walkout,” a national event meant to show solidarity against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which, if passed, would make graduate education unaffordable for millions of Americans.

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.

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.

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.

Roth Receives ASM Lifetime Achievement Award

March 26, 2015
The American Society of Microbiology has named Distinguished Professor of Microbiology John Roth its 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award winner, ASM’s premier honor for sustained contributions to the microbiological sciences.