UC Irvine study of leaping toads reveals muscle-protecting mechanism

Nervous system modulates motor control according to anticipated intensity of landing Irvine, Calif., Dec. 19, 2012 — Most people are impressed by how a toad jumps. UC Irvine biologist Emanuel Azizi is more impressed by how one lands. An assistant professor of ecology & evolutionary biology who specializes in muscle physiology and biomechanics, Azizi found that … Read More

State board awards $2.833 million for desert research center improvements

UC Irvine-run facility in Anza-Borrego state park supports field work Irvine, Calif., Dec. 19, 2012 — The California Wildlife Conservation Board has awarded $2.833 million in Proposition 84 funds for new construction at UC Irvine’s Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center in Borrego Springs. The facility supports field research by biologists, astronomers, anthropologists and others in the … Read More

Biological Sciences professor Bruce Blumberg authors paper on a new tool to design safer chemicals and processes

Dec. 7, 2012 PRESS RELEASE Irvine, Calif. December 7, 2012 – A groundbreaking new paper co-authored by UCI Professor Bruce Blumberg outlines a safety testing system that helps chemists design inherently safer chemicals and processes. Resulting from a cross-disciplinary collaboration among scientists, the innovative “TiPED” testing system (Tiered Protocol for Endocrine Disruption) provides information for … Read More

13 UCI colleagues named American Association for the Advancement of Science fellows

Nov. 29, 2012 Press Release 8 of 13 recognized have primary appointments in Biological Sciences Irvine, Calif., Nov. 29, 2012 — Twelve UC Irvine researchers and one administrator have been made fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society. A total of 702 AAAS members are being honored … Read More

New type of bacterial protection found within cells

Nov. 13, 2012 Press Release UCI study reveals novel immune system response to infections Irvine, Calif., November 13, 2012 —UC Irvine biologists have discovered that fats within cells store a class of proteins with potent antibacterial activity, revealing a previously unknown type of immune system response that targets and kills bacterial infections. Steven Gross, UCI professor … Read More

New cell type developed for possible treatment of Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases

Nov. 7, 2012 Press Release UCI discovery accelerates efforts at Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center Irvine, Calif., November 07, 2012 —UC Irvine researchers have created a new stem cell-derived cell type with unique promise for treating neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Dr. Edwin Monuki of UCI’s Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, … Read More

Poor physical performance linked to increased odds of dementia

Oct. 22, 2012 Press Release UCI study of 90-plus population adds to understanding of this burgeoning demographic Irvine, Calif., October 22, 2012 —Poor physical performance on activities such as walking was associated with increased odds of dementia in a survey of individuals 90 and older, according to UC Irvine researchers involved with the 90+ Study. Between … Read More

Francisco J. Ayala gives $10 million to UCI, largest gift ever by campus faculty member

Oct. 18, 2011 Press Release Renowned evolutionary geneticist’s vineyards bear fruit for biological sciences Irvine, Calif., October 18, 2011 —Acclaimed UC Irvine geneticist Francisco J. Ayala, widely known for his work straddling the divide between religion and evolution, will donate $10 million to the School of Biological Sciences. The gift, the largest ever by a UCI faculty … Read More

New fruit fly model of epilepsy reveals mechanisms behind fever-induced seizures

Oct. 17, 2012 UCI, Brown work advances quest for novel treatments for inherited disorder Irvine, Calif., October 17, 2012 —UC Irvine and Brown University researchers have created a new fruit fly model of inherited epilepsy that’s providing insights into the mechanisms underlying temperature-dependent seizures while establishing a platform from which to develop therapies for these disorders. … Read More

Markus Ribbe and team report biochemistry discovery in Science

Oct. 11, 2012 News Brief Irvine, Calif. Oct. 11, 2012 – UCI biochemists have cracked a tough riddle in record time, according to recent articles in the journal Science. They’ve determined the origin of a carbide ion in nitrogenase, the only known biological catalyst capable of converting dinitrogen into ammonia and carbon monoxide into hydrocarbons. The … Read More