UC Irvine’s Sheryl Tsai partners with UC San Diego to capture Biosynthesis in motion

Chemists have caught molecules in the act of biosynthesis revealing an animated view of how a fundamental piece of cellular machinery operates. The system they observed, a critical metabolic pathway, generates fatty acids, essential components of fats and structures such as cell membranes. Nature published their findings in the early online edition December 22. Scientists … Read More […]

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Announcement from the Chancellor about the new Dean

December 23, 2013: An announcement from Chancellor Michael Drake regarding the new Hana and Francisco J. Ayala Dean of the School of Biological Sciences Dear Colleagues: I am delighted to announce the appointment of Frank M. LaFerla as the Hana and Francisco J. Ayala Dean of the School of Biological Sciences, effective January 1, 2014. … Read More […]

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Grant supports creation of patient-derived stem cell lines for Alzheimer’s research

UCI MIND effort is part of institute’s larger iPS Cell Bank Initiative Irvine, Calif., Dec. 9, 2013 — Researchers at UC Irvine’s Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders have received a two-year, $600,000 grant from the National Institute on Aging to develop and study patient-derived stem cell lines. Led by Frank LaFerla and Matthew Blurton-Jones, … Read More […]

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Leslie Thompson named 2013 American Association for the Advancement of Science fellow

UC Irvine neurobiologist Leslie Thompson is one of two UC Irvine researchers named a 2013 fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. Thompson, a professor of psychiatry & human behavior and neurobiology & behavior, was selected … Read More […]

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UCI, Northwestern researchers create compounds that boost antibiotics’ effectiveness

Inhibitors could form basis of new treatments for such diseases as MRSA, anthrax Irvine, Calif., Nov. 25, 2013 — Inhibitor compounds developed by UC Irvine structural biologists and Northwestern University chemists have been shown to bolster the ability of antibiotics to treat deadly bacterial diseases such as MRSA and anthrax. The discovery by UC Irvine’s … Read More […]

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Postdoctoral fellow Kasia M. Bieszczad receives Next Generation Award from the Society of Neuroscience

Last week, the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), announced the winners of the science education and outreach awards at Neuroscience 2013, SfN’s annual meeting and the world’s largest source of emerging news about brain science and health. Kasia M. Bieszczad, PhD, a former student and postdoctoral fellow in Norman Weinberger’s lab and current postdoctoral fellow with Marcelo Wood … Read More […]

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UCI study shows grafted limb cells acquire molecular ‘fingerprint’ of their new location

Findings further creation of regenerative therapies for humans Contact: Andrea Burgess 949-824-6282 andrea.burgess@uci.edu Irvine, Calif., Oct. 24, 2013 — Cells triggering tissue regeneration that are taken from one limb and grafted onto another acquire the molecular “fingerprint,” or identity, of their new location, UC Irvine developmental biologists have discovered. The findings – which counter conventional … Read More […]

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Lester Ng ‘93 contributes to the BioSci International Students Program (ISP) to help foreign students thrive in the U.S.

Making a Foreign Country Feel Like Home Lester Ng ‘93 contributes to the BioSci International Students Program (ISP) to help foreign students thrive in the U.S. Lester Ng (‘93) clearly remembers the challenges of studying abroad. While in law school, he found himself struggling to acclimate to the language and culture during a semester in … Read More […]

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Welcome new Bio Sci faculty members!

The School of Biological Sciences is excited to welcome four new assistant professors and one lecturer with potential security of employment to our Fall 2013 faculty roster. With research interests ranging from ecology of plant traits and evolution of genomes to tumor and melanoma metastatic progression, our new faculty’s scholarly contributions will further expand the … Read More […]

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A message from the Provost about Interim Dean

A message from Howard Gillman, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, UC Irvine I am delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Brandon Gaut as Interim Dean of the School of Biological Sciences, effective November 1, 2013. Professor Gaut joined UCI in 1998 as an assistant professor, and served as the chair of the Department of … Read More […]

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