New Study Identifies Anti-Cancer Effect of Statins

Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Professor David Fruman has published a new manuscript in the journal Science Translational Medicine. In the paper, Professor Fruman and colleagues identify an alternative anti-cancer benefit of statins- drugs normally prescribed for treating high cholesterol. Statins had previously been known to block a cellular pathway that many cancers use to potentiate … Read More […]

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Training Tomorrow’s Biologists

Congratulations to Professor Lee Bardwell, Developmental and Cell Biology, for being selected as a recipient of a 2017-2018 Dean’s Honoree Award. The award was given as part of this year’s Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching honors. Nominated by Dean LaFerla, Professor Bardwell was one of several other Campus faculty recognized at the 25th Annual Celebration of … Read More […]

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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 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 administrators, deans, associate … 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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From Research Assistant to Biotech Entrepreneur

Charles “Charlie” Dunlop, founder of Ambry Genetics, sat down with Dean Frank LaFerla for a unique Biological Sciences 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 … 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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UCI Alumni Association to Bestow its Highest Honors

The UCI Alumni Association will honor Dr. Marlene Godoy ’76 along with Professor Anthony A. James ’73, Ph.D. ’79, the Donald Bren Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, at the 2017 Lauds & Laurels Award Ceremony this spring. Dr. Godoy will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, in recognition of her many … Read More […]

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