Plant biology Ph.D. student and UC Davis Grad Slam winner Katherine Murphy studies medicinal terpenes found in corn that could help bolster other crops' defenses. She’ll compete in the University of California Grad Slam Finals on May 10 in San Francisco.
Plant Biology Graduate Group student Katherine Murphy took home the title of UC Davis Grad Slam champion following the UC Davis Grad Slam Finals on March 13. Her three-minute talk on corn stress resistance earned her the $2,500 prize.
The genome—the complete suite of an organism’s DNA and genes—is likened to a blueprint for life. On the surface, this comparison provides some understanding of a biological concept. But according to some scientists, it misses the mark.
UC Grad Slam is an annual contest in which master’s and Ph.D. students across UC campuses compete to sum up their research for a general audience. Learn more about Grad Slam Finalist Katherine Murphy, a plant biology graduate student.
Assistant Professor Patrick Shih was recently selected as a 2019 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Computational and Evolutionary Molecular Biology. The fellowship will help fund his research to reconstruct the evolution of photosynthesis.
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.
Professor Neelima Sinha, Department of Plant Biology, was profiled by The Scientist. Follow her journey from the finance realm to the world of plant biology in an article called "Perennial Explorer: A Profile of Neelima Sinha."
Plant biologists at UC Davis have discovered a way to make crop plants replicate through seeds as clones. The long-sought discovery could make it easier to propagate high-yielding, disease-resistant or climate-tolerant crops and make them available to the world’s farmers.