Honorary Service Award

Congratulations to Mariel Vazquez who has received a 2024 Honorary Service Award among the Chancellor's Achievement Awards for Diversity and Community.

AAAS Fellow, Mariel Vazquez

Congratulations to Mariel Vazquez for her well-deserved election as a AAAS fellow, for her scientific achievements and efforts to promote diversity in bio-mathematics.

Associate Professor Priya Shah

Congratulations to Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Priya Shah, effective July 1, 2024.

Protein Integral to Sperm Development and Male Fertility

Early in the development of sperm the X and Y chromosomes condense into tight packages and are sequestered away from the other 44 human chromosomes. If any part of this process goes awry, the cells cannot mature into sperm.

Defects in DNA Packaging May Drive Age-Related Decline in Fertility

Yasuhisa Munakata, a postdoctoral fellow in the College of Biological Sciences, has received a grant to study how egg cells in the ovary change over time. “Our goal is to understand female reproductive aging, and why fertility rapidly declines starting in the mid-30s,” says Satoshi Namekawa, a professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, in whose lab Munakata works.

New Findings Shed Light on Pancreatic Cancer Treatment Targets

Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and only 12% of patients survive five years after being diagnosed. Severe pancreatic cancer is associated with metastasis, and it is this spread of secondary tumors that usually causes death, but little is known about the molecular mechanisms that drive metastasis.

Understanding Neutrophil Decision-Making: How Immune Cells Prioritize Competing Signals

Neutrophils, the primary foot soldiers of the immune system, swarm to sites of infection and inflammation but are often bombarded with multiple signals. So how do neutrophils prioritize where to swarm when faced with competing calls to action? A new study from researchers in College of Biological Sciences shows that one way that neutrophils achieve prioritization is by switching off responses to lower-priority signals while sustaining responses to high-priority signals.

Experiments in Yeast Hint at Possible Origins of Cancer and Autism

Cancer often starts with the reshuffling of DNA—akin to scrambling the pages of a dictionary. Exactly how this happens has long been a mystery. But researchers in the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences have now arrived at one promising explanation.

Heyer Lab Safety Award Winner

The laboratory of Dr. Wolf-Dietrich Heyer conducts fundamental research in basic cancer biology, is this year's Safety Award Winner in the College of Biological Sciences.