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  • From Research Assistant to Biotech Entrepreneur

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    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

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    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

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    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

  • Promotional image for the event Donuts with the Dean Mixes Students and Executives

    Donuts with the Dean Mixes Students and Executives

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    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

  • UCI Alumni Association to Bestow its Highest Honors

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    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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  • New Insights into Mechanisms Governing Cancer Development

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    Professor Wenqi Wang (Developmental and Cell Biology) and his collaborators, have provided new mechanistic insights into protein tyrosine phosphorylation, a critical cellular event that is carried out, in part, by enzymes called protein tyrosine phosphatases (PTPs). PTPs are frequently mutated in various human cancers, suggesting that they have important roles in tumor suppression.  Professor Wang … Read More

  • UCI, Queensland Scientists Identify New Switch to Boost Memory

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    The team, led by Timothy Bredy, UCI associate professor of neurobiology & behavior, discovered that chemical modifications that add methyl groups to RNA, a process known as methylation, could strengthen memory formation.  Results appear June 22 in the Journal of Neuroscience. The modification of RNA by methylation can affect how it functions within a cell. … Read More

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  • Promotional image for the event Remembering Professor Norman M. Weinberger

    Remembering Professor Norman M. Weinberger

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    It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we inform you of the passing of our colleague Professor Norman M. Weinberger, who succumbed to lymphoma on February 14, 2016. Professor Weinberger was a pioneering faculty member at UCI, joining Professor James L. McGaugh in the Department of Psychobiology at its founding. Professor Weinberger was … Read More

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  • Promotional image for the event Community Spotlight: Emma N. Flores, Ph.D.

    Community Spotlight: Emma N. Flores, Ph.D.

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    Ayala School Alumnus, Dr. Emma N. Flores, completed her undergraduate degree (2006) at UC Irvine before beginning a career as a mentor, educator and administrator in higher education.  During her time at UCI, Dr. Flores participated in the Ayala School Minority Science Program, and among her many accolades, was selected as a Minority Access to … Read More

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  • Promotional image for the event Has Gene-Editing the Human Germline Found Common Ground?

    Has Gene-Editing the Human Germline Found Common Ground?

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    On December 1-3, the International Summit on Human Gene Editing kicked off its first meeting at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C.  The meeting was the first step in establishing its goals for the next year.  Over the next year, the committee will perform its own independent comprehensive review of the science and … Read More