Accomplishments: School of Life Sciences

October 2, 2019
Jef Jaeger (Life Sciences) and Anthony Waddle, '15 BS Biology, '17 MS Biology, were among an international team spearheaded by the Erica Rosenblum Lab at UC Berkeley that published “Cryptic Diversity of a Widespread Global Pathogen Reveals New Threats to Amphibian Conservation." The paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences focuses on an aquatic fungal pathogen that has spread across continents causing amphibian declines. The research optimized an advanced method of...
September 30, 2019
Scott Abella (Life Sciences) received a three-year, $174,938 grant from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's national plant conservation and restoration management program. The title of the award is "Identifying perennial species for restoration to establish native plant communities."  
September 27, 2019
Donald Price (Life Sciences) was part of a team including scientists from UC Berkeley, Purdue University, University of Chicago, and Stanford University, that published an article in the October issue of Molecular Biology and Evolution titled "Horizontal Transfer of Bacterial Cytolethal Distending Toxin B Genes to Insects."  They investigated the role that horizontal gene transfer events have played in the evolution of animals. They report on the horizontal gene transfer of cytolethal...
September 25, 2019
Scott Abella (Life Sciences) has been awarded $100,000 from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management for two new research projects. One is titled "Stimulating Natural Regeneration of Native Desert Perennial Plants as a Minimum-Input Restoration Method for $49,999. The other is titled "Minimum-Input Restoration for Wildlife Habitat Enhancement for $49,996.
September 24, 2019
Elizabeth Stacy and Tomoko Sakishima (Life Sciences), along with collaborators from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service, the University of Monpellier (France), University of Waikato (New Zealand), and the University of Florida, published "Targeted Amplicon Sequencing of 40 Nuclear Genes Supports a Single Introduction and Rapid Radiation of Hawaiian Metrosideros (Myrtaceae)" in Plant Systematics and Evolution. They used targeted amplicon sequencing of 40 nuclear...
August 21, 2019
Kelly Tseng (Life Sciences) has her work featured in the newest (12th) edition of Gilbert’s Developmental Biology, the discipline’s foundational textbook.  The Tseng lab works to identify mechanisms of organ regeneration using the Xenopus (African clawed frog) model.
August 20, 2019
Robin Kee (Life Sciences) was selected as scholar in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP). The UGSP is a highly competitive program with approximately 300 nationwide applications received and 10 students chosen as UGSP Scholars for the 2019-20 academic year. Kee's selection as a UGSP Scholar speaks highly of her accomplishments. A senior biology major, Kee is a member of the AANAPISI-STEM program at UNLV, conducting behavior and genetic research on...
July 31, 2019
MaryKay Orgill and Sarah York (both Chemistry and Biochemistry) wrote a research article that was published in the Journal of Chemical Education and also was selected to be featured in American Chemical Society (ACS) Editors' Choice. The selection of these articles is based on recommendations by the scientific editors of ACS journals from around the world. Only 365 articles are selected each year for Editors' Choice. The article, "An Introduction to Systems Thinking for the Chemistry Education...
July 30, 2019
Eddy Hernandez (Life Sciences), a senior majoring in biology, was awarded a 2019 Station1 Frontiers Fellowship, which is a unique and prestigious 10-week residential summer science and technology education, research, and internship program based in the Boston area. He was selected from more than 800 applicants across the nation and the world as a result of a lengthy admissions process. He received a fellowship package worth approximately $15,000.  The Station1 Frontiers Fellowship program is a...
July 9, 2019
Kelly Tseng (Life Sciences) was a speaker at the BioEM 2019 Conference, the joint annual meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society and the European BioElectromagnetics Association, in Montpellier, France, in June. Her talk was titled "Bioelectrical Signaling Regulates Eye Regeneration." She presented the findings of her laboratory group on the role of a key ion channel gene in stimulating the successful repair of eye tissues and the proliferation of eye stem cells. 
June 21, 2019
Yang Jiao (Electrical and Computer Engineering) recently presented a paper at Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition 2019 about object tracking in 3D fluorescence volumes. The paper is based on work done by Jiao in collaboration with Mei Yang (Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Mo Weng (Life Science). This work targets the challenge of 3D subcellular structures tracking because, unlike cells and macro objects, 3D subcellular structures perform rapidly expansion and shrinking as well as...
June 4, 2019
Donald Price (Life Sciences) was part of a team including scientists from Harvard, Bishop Museum, Louisiana State University, UC Davis, and the University of Hawaii that recently published an article in Current Biology titled "Reproductive Capacity Evolves in Response to Ecology through Common Changes in Cell Number in Hawaiian Drosophila."  They investigated potential effects of ecology on the developmental processes underlying ovariole number evolution among Hawaiian Drosophila, a large...