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    • Biologists Create Live System Mimicking Stress Response in Cells

      Protective stress granules implicated in neurodegenerative diseases and cancer

      Humans cope with stress in a variety of ways, from calming breathing exercises to taking a brisk walk around the block.

      Our individual cells have their own methods of coping with stress. One common form of cell defense—against stresses such as chemical damage and abnormal temperatures—is known as the stress granule.

    • Julian Schroeder

      Julian Schroeder Honored with Hales Prize from the American Society of Plant Biologists

      Distinguished Professor and Novartis Chair Julian Schroeder of the Division of Biological Sciences has been awarded the 2020 Stephen Hales Prize by the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB).

    • UC San Diego Forging a Sustainable Future with Renewable Products

      Cutting-edge science and new center for biodegradable goods target environmental scourge of plastic waste

      Although they were introduced back in the 1950s, the true dawn of plastics is rooted in the 1970s. Along with disco and bellbottoms, the ’70s ushered in a meteoric rise in everyday consumer plastics. Single-use straws, product packaging, omnipresent water bottles and a range of modern household items went plastic during the decade.

    • New Science Behind Algae-based Flip-flops

      Biodegradable shoes meet commercial standards for products needed to help eradicate tons of plastic waste

      As the world’s most popular shoe, flip-flops account for a troubling percentage of plastic waste that ends up in landfills, on seashores and in our oceans. Scientists at the University of California San Diego have spent years working to resolve this problem, and now they have taken a step further toward accomplishing this mission.

    • Ready for Prime Time: New Public Course Explores the Future of Algae Biotechnology

      Online self-paced class covers new algae research and future consumer bioproducts

      For more than 30 years, UC San Diego Biological Sciences Professor Steve Mayfield has been preaching the virtues of algae. From clean biofuels to sustainable flip-flops to food additives that help with digestion, Mayfield’s research lab has explored the unique biology of the tiny green organisms and offered them as real-world solutions for many 21st century challenges.

    • From the Field: Innovative Animal-borne Video and Sampling Show Antarctic Leopard Seals as Adaptable Apex Predators

      If you’ve ever seen a leopard seal in a film or documentary, chances are it was viciously tearing apart a penguin. Such images are captivating, but this portrayal is incomplete and, more importantly, inaccurate. Leopard seals are complex apex predators that shape their ecosystems in critical ways. Although poorly studied in the past, a recent collaborative study published by NOAA Fisheries and UC San Diego researchers in BMC Ecology has shed some light on the impact these large predators are having in the Antarctic.

    • Randy Hampton Receives Sixth College Outstanding Faculty Award

      Biological Sciences’ Randy Hampton, a professor in the Section of Cell and Developmental Biology, has been awarded the Sixth College Outstanding Faculty Award. The honor is bestowed annually through an anonymous survey of graduating Sixth College seniors.

    • Novel ‘On-off’ Switch Discovered in Plant Defenses

      Protective mechanism paves the way to improved plant disease resistance and food stability

      To ensure survival, living organisms are equipped with defensive systems that detect threats and respond with effective counter measures.

      Plants are known to mount quick defenses against a variety of threats—from attacking insects to invading pathogens. These intricate immune response mechanisms operate through a complex network that plant biologists have sought to untangle.

    • Researchers Discover Two Paths of Aging and New Insights on Promoting Healthspan

      Identifying a master aging circuit allows biologists to genetically engineer prolonged life

      Molecular biologists and bioengineers at the University of California San Diego have unraveled key mechanisms behind the mysteries of aging. They isolated two distinct paths that cells travel during aging and engineered a new way to genetically program these processes to extend lifespan.

    • Lara Labarta-Bajo

      Graduate Student Lara Labarta-Bajo Awarded Prestigious Melvin Cohn Award

      Highly competitive award honors exceptional research

      Continuing to highlight achievements of the recently completed academic year, the Division of Biological Sciences recognizes graduate student Lara Labarta-Bajo, who was honored at the fall La Jolla Immunology Conference as the winner of the Melvin Cohn Award.

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