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NPB Major Madeline Bright Awarded University Medal

by Julia Ann Easley

 

Questions Drive Top UC Davis Graduate Will Pursue Career in Medical Research

 

When Madeline Bright was young, she was told she asked a lot of questions.

Today that same curiosity is leading her toward a career in medical research where she hopes to find life-saving answers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Professor Mark Goldman Appointed to the Joel Keizer Endowed Chair in Theoretical and Computational Biology

Quick Summary
  • To figure out the labyrinthine-like puzzle of the brain, scientists need computational and quantitative biology skills
  • Professor Mark Goldman applies the quantitative skills he learned as a physicist to questions in neuroscience
  • Named to the Keizer Chair, Goldman will continue to make UC Davis a home for quantitative biology by ushering in a new quantitative biology major

Our brains are incredible biological machines synthesizing uncountable, chaotic, sensory i

Discovering Curiosity: Fighting Neuromuscular Disorders with New Faculty Lucas Smith

Quick Summary
  • Assistant Professor Lucas Smith studies neuromuscular disorders, like cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy
  • Smith explores how scar tissue accumulation, which is seen in these conditions, affects muscle mechanics
  • He wants to find ways to increase the expression of proteins that can alleviate overly stiff muscles

In debilitating neuromuscular disorders, like muscular dystrophies and cerebral palsy, the body’s muscles scar, turning fibrotic and stiff. These skele