New Genetically Engineered Mouse Models Could Boost Alzheimer’s Drug Research

UCI researchers, lead by Ayala School Dean Frank LaFerla and Professor Andrea Tenner, have received an $11.4 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to create several humanized mouse models to more accurately mimic human Alzheimer’s conditions, and serve as valuable tools to better understand and target Alzheimer’s pathology. Ayala School Professors Grant MacGregor … Read More

Faculty Spotlight – Raju Metherate, Ph.D.

Professor Raju Metherate is a neuroscientist in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior (NBB), and is the new Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education for the Ayala School of Biological Sciences at UCI. Professor Metherate, a faculty member at UCI for over two decades, has focused his research on understanding the workings of the auditory cortex. … Read More

Staff Spotlight – Yergalem T. Meharenna, Ph.D.

In her role as Training Grant Officer, Yergalem (Yerga) Meharenna balances her commitments to the UCI Schools of Biological Sciences and Medicine, coordinating training efforts that entail collaboration across the two Schools. Yerga received her Ph.D. in Genetic Engineering from Imperial College London in 2000. After completing her thesis, she came to work as a … Read More

Ayala Professor Amongst 2017 Most Cited Researchers

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Professor Steven Allison was listed among the top cited researchers in the 2017 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers List. Professor Allison, who has a joint faculty appointment in Earth System Science, utilizes molecular, biochemical, and theoretical approaches to understand how microbes regulate ecosystem processes. The Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers List … Read More

Cancer Breakthroughs Presented at Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series

The Ayala School welcomed Richard A. Van Etten, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Medicine and Biological Chemistry and the Director of the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Van Etten’s presentation discussed the role the Cancer Center plays in the Southern California community, including its role as a pioneering research center, as a home to innovative … Read More

Student Scientists Awarded at Fall Research Conferences

Twelve undergraduates participating in research training at the Ayala School’s Minority Science Programs initiative (MSP) have received awards for their scientific presentations at the 2017 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) and the Sigma Xi national conference this Fall. The School would like to congratulate Maribel Anguiano, Emily Bryant, Melissa Emami, Iris Gomez, … Read More

New Center Seeks to Drive Innovative Brain Research

The UCI Facility for Imaging & Brain Research (FIBRE) is a new neuroimaging center that seeks to support scientists in their mission to better understand the workings of the human brain. Professor Craig Stark from the department of Neurobiology and Behavior will serve as the first director of FIBRE, and partner with other biologists, physicians, … Read More

Dean’s Excellence Fund Gains $45,000 Unrestricted Gift

Our dear friend and distinguished advisor, Paul Balalis, has made a $45,000 gift to the BioSci Dean’s Excellence Fund. The fund provides the Dean with a critical means of financial support to quickly make strategic investments into high-impact areas for the School. Those areas include strategic faculty hiring, graduate scholarships, proof-of-concept awards and other programs … Read More