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Neuroscience Researcher Receives $1.5 Million Grant from Department of Defense to Develop New Diagnostic Tool for Hearing Loss

July 08, 2020

A $1.5 million grant from the United States Department of Defense (DoD) will help UC Davis Professor Lee Miller, Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior and the Center for Mind and Brain, expand his lab’s research on hearing loss, an issue of relevance to both aging populations and military personnel.

Professors Crystal Rogers and Wilsaan Joiner Respond to Ongoing Injustices Against Black Americans

June 11, 2020

The recent murders of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, David McAtee, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others have sent shock waves throughout the country. In a recent interview, UC Davis professors Dr. Crystal Rogers and Dr. Wilsaan Joiner offered their thoughts, feelings, and recommendations for ways UC Davis can support our Black community members during these scary and uncertain times.

MARC Program Receives $2.2 Million to Advance Underrepresented Students in Biomedical and Behavior Research Fields

May 05, 2020
Quick Summary
  • MARC is a two-year program that provides underrepresented students with research experiences, academic support and professional development opportunities
  • The program helps students transition more easily into higher degree programs, with the intent of ushering in a new era of leaders in the biomedical an behavior research fields
  • It's one of several initiatives led by Educational Enrichment and Outreach Programs

Investigating Age-Related Muscle Mass Loss with Arik Davidyan, ’14 B.S. in Exercise Biology and ’20 Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology

April 23, 2020
Summary
  • Skeletal muscles decay with age, a natural process known as sarcopenia 
  • During his time at UC Davis, alum Arik Davidyan investigated testosterone's role in muscle mass gain, maintenance and decay
  • Today, Davidyan is a postdoctoral fellow at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, where he investigates the role mitochondrial dysfunction plays in aging

Your muscles ensure your survival.

Bumblebees Carry Heavy Loads in Economy Mode

February 05, 2020

Written by Andy Fell

Bumblebees are the big lifters of the insect world, able to fly back to the hive with almost their own body weight in nectar on board. A study published Feb. 5 in Science Advances shows how they do it — and that bees can show more flexibility in behavior than you might expect from a bumbling insect. 

Perception Inception: Exploring How the Brain Makes Up the World with New Faculty Rishidev Chaudhuri

November 20, 2019
Quick Summary
  • Rishidev Chaudhuri is a new faculty member who holds appointments in the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, the Department of Mathematics and the Center for Neuroscience
  • His research spans the field of neuroscience, from exploring theoretical principles of neural computation to analyzing large neural datasets, and other topics outside and in between
  • He takes techniques from physics and mathematics and applies them to neuroscience
The world is

Developing Next-Gen Neuroscientists: EEOP Receives $1.2 Million to Advance Diversity in Research

September 24, 2019
Quick Summary
  • Educational Enrichment and Outreach Programs will launch the Advancing Diversity in Neuroscience Research Program this fall
  • Aimed at undergraduates, the program introduces students to a breadth of neuroscience research
  • Students involved in the program will attend weekly seminars and hold an undergraduate research position in a lab on campus

Consciousness, perception, memory, behavior.

Discovering Curiosity: Brain Puzzles with UC Davis Center for Neuroscience Director Kimberley McAllister

August 16, 2019
Quick Summary
  • Kimberley McAllister studies the developing brain
  • Part of her research focuses on why viral infection during pregnancy can increase the likelihood of a child developing autism and schizophrenia
  • McAllister was named director of the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience in 2018, becoming the first female to occupy the role

Puzzles always fascinated UC Davis Center for Neuroscience Director Kimberley McAllister. They’re initially what attracted her to science.

Engineering a Balanced Diet? Hormone FGF21 Promotes Protein Preference

May 13, 2019

To function daily, your body gleans energy from three food-derived macronutrients: carbohydrates, fats and proteins. How you divvy up those macronutrients in your diet is a matter of personal preference.

But what if you could train your brain to prefer one macronutrient over the other?