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?

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

May 01, 2019
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