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Outstanding Student - Sydney Wyatt

January 10, 2019
  • NSF GRFP Awardee 2018
  • UC Davis T32 Training Program in Molecular and Cellular Biology Awardee
  • Involved in Outreach and Communication with Science Says and UCD Bioscope

A biomarker for the rare neurodegenerative disorder Fragile X -Associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS)

January 10, 2019

Marwa Zafarullah is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Integrative Genetics and Genomics (IGG) graduate program. She earned her bachelor’s in agricultural sciences at the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan and her master’s in IGG at UC Davis. She is currently working toward the development of a biomarker for the early diagnosis and progression of the nNeurological disorder called Fragile X -Associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS). 

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Three Incredible Tales of Microbial Symbiosis

January 10, 2019

Imagine you want to write a superhero comic. Obviously you need the superhero, the star of the show. But what else do you need? How about a sidekick, someone who helps the hero out? What about people to save? Maybe an evil villain to fight?

In biology, the relationships between the superheroes and each of these characters (a sidekick, people to save, and a villain) are called “symbioses.”

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IGG Student Joey Owen Featured in Washington Post Article

December 19, 2018
"Gene-edited farm animals are coming. Will we eat them?" That's the question probed in a new artcicle from The Washington Post that features UC Davis and IGG student Joey Owen.

Zebrafish Reproductive Development May Hold Insights into Ovarian Cancer

August 31, 2018
With funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, BMCDB Graduate Group member Associate Professor Bruce Draper, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, is studying zebrafish (Danio rerio) to learn about the genetics of sexual reproduction in vertebrates. Draper’s research, published in PLOS Genetics with postdoc and Dena Leerberg, ’17 Ph.D., may advance discoveries into the origins of ovarian cancer. 

Connecting the Molecular Dots of Heart Disease

May 14, 2018
Associate Professor Aldrin Gomes, Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, studies the underpinnings of heart disease. He’s searching for molecular clues that will help medical professionals better manage heart disease.