For 30 years, the Biology Undergraduate Scholars Program has created opportunities in life sciences education and research for over 1,500 students. Over the Picnic Day weekend, BUSP friends and alumni celebrated the program.
“Sharing discoveries with heart and humor.” That’s the philosophy behind Assistant Professor Rebecca Calisi Rodríguez’s science communications work. And now, she’ll bring that passion to the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences as the faculty assistant to the dean for science communications.
Since age 7 when she lost her father to addiction, Shradha Shah has been passionate about mental health care advocacy. A fourth-year major in neurobiology, physiology and behavior, she served on the Chancellor’s Mental Health Care Task Force and co-chairs the Student Mental Health Coalition in an effort to destigmatize mental illness and increase access to resources.
In his new lab at UC Davis, Assistant Professor Lucas Smith, Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, investigates how the accumulation of scar tissue affects muscle mechanics. His aim is to develop therapies that alleviate neuromuscular disorders and restore healthy muscle regeneration.
Since transferring to UC Davis in fall 2017, Timur Katsnelson has gone all in on the Aggie experience. He’s a member of the UC Davis ice hockey club team, has worked as an undergraduate researcher in a chemistry lab and volunteers as a junior editor with The Aggie Transcript, a student-run life sciences journal.
On Thursday, Feb. 28, the College of Biological Sciences will host the Nara Institute of Science and Technology Mini-Symposium, which will feature talks on parasitic plants, chimeric animals and the molecular mechanisms of central nervous system formation, among other topics. The symposium will be held in Life Sciences 1022.
An assistant professor in the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, Wilsaan Joiner explores sensorimotor integration: how sensory inputs, like vision, influence our motor actions and vice versa.
The UC Davis College of Biological Sciences named Professor W. Martin Usrey, a neurobiologist interested in the physiology of vision, to the Barbara A. Horwitz and John M. Horowitz Endowed Chair in Physiology.