Reappointment of Dean Frank LaFerla

Dear colleagues, On behalf of Chancellor Gillman, I am pleased to announce that Frank LaFerla has been appointed to a second five-year term as dean of the Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences. This reappointment decision follows a five-year administrative review, which included materials submitted by Dean LaFerla and letters of evaluation from senior … Read More […]

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Macro Push to Understand Micro Life Forms

Microorganism communities like bacteria and fungi are complex and diverse and inhabit earth’s many environments, from the human body to oceans and soils. Our bodies contain thousands of bacterial species. Soil contains tens of thousands of bacterial and fungal species. A liter of seawater contains a billion viruses. This diversity is central to both human … Read More […]

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Smaller, Faster, Stronger

In new research published in the journal, Science, Professor Manny Azizi and his colleagues, Sarah Bergbreiter (University of Maryland) and S.N. Patek (Duke University), describe a new mathematical model to help understand how small organisms generate amplifying mechanisms that allow them to jump, strike and react with great power and speed. The team sought to … Read More […]

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PTEN Deficiency and AMPK Activation Promote Nutrient Scavenging and Anabolism in Prostate Cancer Cells

Aimee Edinger Associate Professor Developmental and Cell Biology Successful tumor cells must develop strategies to grow even in the face of famine. Tumors do not have enough blood vessels to keep all the cancer cells well fed, and the blood vessels that are present are leaky and don’t function properly. Despite these supply-side limitations, tumor … Read More […]

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From Research Assistant to Biotech Entrepreneur

Charles “Charlie” Dunlop, founder of Ambry Genetics, sat down with Dean Frank LaFerla for a unique Ayala School Dean’s Distinguished Lecture on March 1st. This special Q&A between Dunlop, Dean LaFerla and the audience, addressed Dunlop’s early years as a fun-loving surfer and physics aficionado during the beginning of his college career at the University … Read More […]

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Linking Brains to Machines

Billionaire Elon Musk isn’t the only one interested in linking brains to computers. Duke University Professor Miguel Nicolelis, M.D., Ph.D. has been a pioneer in brain machine interfaces (BMI) for decades. On February 27th, he shared his latest research with the UCI community at the 24th UCI Distinguished Lecture Series on Brain, Learning and Memory. … Read More […]

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Mentoring Helps Build Biologists of Tomorrow

Many of science’s most exciting and relevant advances are taking place in the field of biology. And with good reason. Biological solutions are needed to overcome the global challenges we face that affect our health, our economy, our society and our world every day. To help students prepare for successful futures in such a demanding … Read More […]

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Donuts with the Dean Mixes Students and Executives

For students, faculty and staff hungry for a snack and some new knowledge, Donuts with the Dean offers just the right mix. The quarterly program was established by Dean LaFerla to provide an opportunity for direct interaction between students and the dean as well as invited faculty/staff. The dean also extends an invitation to a … Read More […]

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Gift Honors Professor James McGaugh and Funds Award

Dr. James T. Goodrich has led a highly successful career as a world-leading neurosurgeon. He is currently Professor of Neurological Surgery, Pediatrics and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as Chief of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, working at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore … Read More […]

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