Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Wayward Ways: New Study Reveals How the Nucleus Travels

September 20, 2018
From the start of life, the proper positioning of the nucleus in the cell is essential in many developmental processes, including fertilization, cell migration and neuronal and muscle development.

The Aggie Transcript: Building a Science Writing Space for Students

June 18, 2018
In winter 2014, Professor Sean Burgess, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, decided to create The Aggie Transcript, a life sciences publication featuring undergraduate writing. After winning the UC Davis Advancing Academic and Career Goals Award, the publication recently released its second print issue.

Pew Scholarship Will Investigate Molecular and Cellular Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury

June 14, 2018
Pew Charitable Trusts has announced Kassandra Ori-McKenney as a 2018 Pew Biomedical Scholar, one of the most prestigious honors of its kind. With a four-year grant totaling $300,000, Ori-McKenney will investigate the role of a protein called tau in the development of neurodegenerative disease related to traumatic brain injury.

Perfect Chemistry: CBS Faculty Are Partners In and Outside the Lab

May 21, 2018
After a long day of teaching and research, biochemists Richard McKenney and Kassandra Ori-McKenney usually find themselves on their patio discussing topics like the cytoskeleton and motor proteins. It’s shop talk for the couple, both assistant professors in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Discovering Curiosity: Learning Genetics through Family Illness with Mark Winey

May 02, 2018
Mark Winey, dean of the College of Biological Sciences at UC Davis, became fascinated by science at an early age. But the draw to biology—specifically, genetics—was prompted by Winey’s younger sister Christine, who as an infant was diagnosed with an inherited metabolic disease called galactosemia.

John and Lois Crowe Honored with UC Davis Medal

May 01, 2018
John and Lois Crowe, pioneering scientists and philanthropists, are among this year's recipients of the UC Davis Medal, the highest honor the university bestows on individuals.

Investigating the Molecular Defense Tactics of Plants

April 11, 2018
In a study appearing in Cell Host & Microbe, UC Davis graduate student Neeraj Lal, Professors Savithramma Dinesh-Kumar and Andrew J Fisher and their colleagues reveal the versatility of plants’ molecular defenses. The findings provide a strategic map revealing how plants allocate resources and have the potential to help bolster crop immune systems and improve their development and growth.

Plant Biochemist Is UC Davis’ Top Teacher

April 03, 2018
For Judy Callis, teaching is about helping students make connections. Those connections led to Callis, professor and vice chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology in the College of Biological Sciences, being awarded the UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement.