Student Spotlight: Rebekah Le, Graduate Student

Rebekah Le, a graduate student in Professor Ken Cho’ s laboratory, recently received the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award from the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U). Rebekah is one of ten recipients of the award for 2015, in what was a highly competitive process with 300 impressive nominations from universities across the … Read More […]

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Huntington’s Disease Discoveries Could Lead to Therapeutics

Professor Lawrence J. Marsh, Developmental and Cell Biology, in collaboration with members of Dr. C-K Shen’s lab in Academica Sinica, Taiwan, found that the distribution of mutant Huntingtin protein (HTT) in the brains of mice changes in concert with changing pathology and progressive loss of motor control. One consequence of the changing redistribution of the … Read More […]

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Understanding Cold Cataracts Through Toothfish Proteins

Professor Rachel W. Martin, Departments of Chemistry and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, and co-workers including Ayala School undergraduate student Jan Bierma, are hoping to gain understanding of cold cataract by studying eye lens proteins from organisms that live in very cold water. During the formation of a cold cataract, the crystallin proteins making up the eye lens … Read More […]

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New Insight into Neurodegenerative Diseases Through Transport Proteins

A new study by Professor Steven P. Gross, Developmental and Cell Biology, in collaboration with the Vallee lab at Columbia University, has discovered how a specific protein in cells changes the function of a motor protein, which may ultimately give insight into neurodegenerative diseases. Microscopic transport of cargoes in different sub-cellular compartments is particularly important … Read More […]

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Sharing Best Practices for Teaching Methodologies

Dr. Justin Shaffer, Lecturer PSOE, Developmental and Cell Biology, recently published research on an upper-level human anatomy class in an effort to share his teaching methodologies with other professors. His research, published on CourseSource, describes a hands-on laboratory exercise from a new undergraduate human anatomy course.  During the session, students used string and human skeletons … Read More […]

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Gaining Ground on Understanding Memory Loss

Why is there a high degree of variation in the rates at which seemingly healthy adults lose cognitive function as they age? Professor Dana Aswad, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, and associates believe their research has provided a major clue to answering this question.  Their research compared rates of protein damage in brains of normal mice … Read More […]

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World’s Largest Inquiry into Genetically Modified Crops Involves Ayala School Professor

Professor Bruce Blumberg, Developmental and Cell Biology, is on the review board for the Factor GMO (genetically modified organism) study, which is called one of the world’s largest and more comprehensive long-term study on genetically-modified (GM) crops. This study which aims to provide definitive evidence regarding the safety (or hazard) of one type of GMO … Read More […]

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Minority Science Programs Undergraduates Win Big at National Conferences

Undergraduates participating in research training with the Ayala School’s Minority Science Programs (MSP) received an impressive 17 awards for their research presentations at three national conferences during the fall quarter. The students participate in original research conducted in laboratories at UCI and abroad as part of the MSP training activities supported by grants from the … Read More […]

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