Training a Bee to Fly Upwind: Stacey Combes’ Research Reveals the Complex Biomechanics that Help Insects Survive

March 14, 2018

Associate Professor Stacey Combes has long been fascinated by how animals move. In her lab, she uses high-speed imaging at 1,000 to 5,000 frames per second to reveal the behaviors and physiological traits that shape insect behavior and survival. One thing she’s learned is that bees, which are critically important pollinators, are actually quite clumsy.

Taylor Follansbee wins Hermann Handwerker prize

October 27, 2017

Congratulations to Taylor Follansbee, who received the Hermann Handwerker prize at the 9th World Congress on Itch, held in Wroclaw, Poland October 15-17, 2017. The Hermann Handwerker prize, named after a famous itch researcher, is awarded to a junior researcher who is judged to give the best scientific presentation at the biennial World Congress on Itch. The title of Taylor's presentation was: "Effects of itch and pain stimuli on rostral ventromedial medullary ON and OFF cells". The prize comes with a monetary award of $3,000.

Different effects of the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs meclofenamate sodium and naproxen sodium on proteasome activity in cardiac cells

June 28, 2017

Researchers have known for more than a decade that the risk of heart disease and stroke increases when people take pain relievers like ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs. Now, scientists from Dr. Aldrin Gomes' lab have uncovered some of the reasons why these drugs can harm heart tissue...Read More

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New Type of Insulin-Producing Cell Discovered

April 04, 2017

 In people with type I diabetes, insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas die and are not replaced. Without these cells, the body loses the ability to control blood glucose. Researchers at the University of California, Davis have now discovered a possible new route to regenerating beta cells, giving insight into the basic mechanisms behind healthy metabolism and diabetes.

Dr. Aldrin Gomes selected as Chancellor’s Fellow

February 08, 2017

How can we better understand cardiovascular diseases? Gomes’ research studies the molecular mechanisms of signal transduction and how biological pathways within cells control the degradation of proteins. “Dr. Gomes is an ideal recipient of this recognition; he is an outstanding colleague, teacher and researcher,” said W. Martin Usrey, neurobiology, physiology and behavior department chair.

Gloria Partida named A.G. Brinley Plaque winner

December 04, 2016

The Brinley Plaque recognizes outstanding service in a particular area, such as the arts, education or health, or in some project that benefits the city of Davis.  Bill Habicht, associate pastor at Davis Community Church, wrote in his nomination letter for Gloria: “(Gloria) has made tremendous contributions to our city in the areas of race relations, restorative justice, LGBTQ advocacy and anti-bullying.” You can visit the Davis Phoenix Coalition to learn more about the not for profit organization Gloria co-founded.