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Peering Inside The Human Brain - Neuroimaging at UCI
April 26, 2019

“The common way for our skin to repair itself has been with scar tissue,” said Maksim Plikus, an associate professor in developmental and cell biology at University of California Irvine. “Our work, which is driven...

April 23, 2019

Coral reefs are not just beautiful color displays as seen underwater in Indonesia, Australia, Hawaii and the Caribbean. They also buffer the land from erosion and protect against the tidal waves from tsunamis, she said....

March 18, 2019

The global fight against ocean plastic pollution will come into sharp focus at the fourth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly this month in Nairobi, Kenya, with Joleah Lamb, assistant professor of ecology &...

February 22, 2019

Studies conducted by UC Irvine show that male plants don't listen to female plants, even when their survival depends on it....


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As one of the world’s most renowned biological science institutions, the UCI School of Biological Sciences is shaping the future for generations to come. Students and faculty alike have access to world-class facilities and technology that empower their groundbreaking work. This continues the School’s founding philosophy of innovation, an approach that uses interdisciplinary studies to create new paths to discovery.
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Dean LaFerla is joined by Chris Hughes, Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and introduces us to Angiogenesis - the growth of new blood vessels and what that means for cancer and medicine.

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With 3,100 undergraduates and nearly 300 graduate students, the School of Biological Sciences is one of the largest at UCI. The School attracts the brightest minds and is rich in diversity. We believe that our student’s success after graduation speaks volumes of the school’s quality and leadership in the scientific community.

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The UCI School of Biological Sciences has four departments. Each department ranks in the top 20 percent or higher of national institutions according to National Research Council data and has a comprehensive series of core courses for undergraduates that reflect the ever-expanding field.

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