molecular biology

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.

Fly Genomes Provide Clues to Parallel Evolution

November 27, 2017
In a paper appearing in PLOS Genetics, Professor David Begun, Department of Evolution and Ecology in the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences, compared the genomes of different fly species to understand how genes—both within and between species—evolve adaptively. He found that two fly species that diverged from a common ancestor some 50 million years ago, exhibited parallel evolution on both short- and long-term timescales.

Can Diet Help Prevent or Postpone Cognitive Decline?

November 20, 2017
In a review article published in Nature: Science of Food, Professor Raymond Rodriguez and his colleagues explore the relationship between diet and brain health, proposing a framework to understand the body’s “food-brain axis,” the intersection of diet and the formation of new brain cells. Rodriguez’s aim is to provide researchers with a dietary roadmap to help prevent cognitive decline.

Top UC Davis Graduate Earns 2 Degrees in 3 Years

June 12, 2017
Even as a valedictorian from a high school just 40 miles away, Srujan Kopparapu felt a little intimidated to start his studies among more than 35,000 students at the University of California, Davis. But the Folsom resident found his place on the highly ranked campus. The 20-year-old, who will receive a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and molecular biology and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, will be presented with the University Medal at the College of Biological Sciences commencement on Friday, June 16.

Sunflowers Move by the Clock

August 04, 2016
It’s summertime, and the fields of Yolo County are filled with ranks of sunflowers, dutifully watching the rising sun. At the nearby University of California, Davis, plant biologists have now discovered how sunflowers use their internal circadian clock, acting on growth hormones, to follow the sun during the day as they grow.

Walter Leal Elected to California Academy of Sciences

October 13, 2015
Two professors who study far-ranging aspects of ecology — from primate interactions with snakes and leopards to chemical communication in insects — are UC Davis’ newest fellows of the California Academy of Sciences.