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Adler Dillman Awarded $1.8M NIH Outstanding Investigator Award

It’s likely that billions of people are unaware they have been infected with parasitic worms. A UC Riverside scientist has won $1.8 million to try and understand why. The National Institutes of Health granted an Outstanding Investigator Award to Adler Dillman, an assistant professor of parasitology, so he can shed light on the mystery of...

Exotic Australian Fruit May Help Save Florida’s Citrus Industry

There’s some good news in the long-running battle against a disease that’s devastated Florida’s signature crop, oranges. Researchers are developing tools to help control citrus greening, a disease that has killed thousands of acres of orange and grapefruit trees. One of the most promising treatments was recently developed in a fruit most people have never...

IIGB Martins-Green and colleagues publish on Oxidative Stress and Chronic Wound development

UCR faculty, including Manuela Martins-Green have recently published papers on their current research in Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology and in Nature: Scientific Reports

New interdisciplinary research from plant cell biologist Carolyn Rasmussen’s group

Rasmussen and colleagues discovered the protein called TANGLED1 performs this microtubule controlling function by binding microtubules together like glue. Their description of how TANGLED1 operates was published in the Journal of Cell Biology. New interdisciplinary research published in the Journal of Cell Biology from Associate Professor and plant cell biologist Carolyn Rasmussen’s group describes how...

Plant vesicles inspire methods to protect crops

UC Riverside plant biologist, Hailing Jin, and her team are featured in an “Outlook” piece just published in Nature. The story focuses on how her group is developing sprays consisting of extracellular vesicles containing RNA to silence genes in fungal pathogens of crops. Jin says "that although some scientists are continuing to genetically modify vegetables...

Zhenyu (Arthur) Jia and Colleagues funded by USDA/CDFA

Congratulations! The University of California, University of Florida’s Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, Texas A&M University, California State University, and the USDA – Agricultural Research Service’s National Clonal Germplasm Repository ‐ Tree Fruit & Nut Crops & Grapes, funded to develop strategies to increase marketable yield of pomegranate in California and Florida. Amount Awarded...

Isgouhi Kaloshian Elected to the 2019 Class of AAAS Fellows

Congratulations Isgouhi Kaloshian Professor and Chair of Nematology Elected to the 2019 Class of AAAS Fellows Please join the IIGB and CEPCEB community in congratulating Professor Kaloshian, elected as an American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) member to the 2019 Class of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellows. This award recognizes...

Shou-Wei Ding Receives 2020 Noel Keen Award

Congratulations Shou-Wei Ding Professor, Molecular Virology and Immunology Noel Keen Award Recipient Please join the IIGB and CEPCEB community in congratulating Professor Shou-Wei Ding, the awardee of the 2020 Noel Keen award! This is the most prestigious award from the American Phytopathological Society (APS) for contributions to Molecular Plant Pathology, and the first time that...

Atkinson and Walling Secure DARPA Grant Funding

Peter Atkinson and Linda Walling have received funding from DARPA to develop gene editing technology in whitefly for the benefit of agriculture. This two year grant will build on work from initially obtained seed money from the UCR Senate and RED. Drs. Atkinson and Walling’s project also benefited from the assistance of several very talented...

IIGB Shines at the 2019 ASPB Conference

IIGB/CEPCEB saw unprecedented participation at the ASPB’s Plant Biology 2019 Conference in San Jose, California. CEPCEB’s own Wenbo Ma was a major symposia organizer of this year’s conference and delivered two talks, “Plant Disease and Resistance Mechanisms Major Symposium Overview by Organizer” and “Trans-kingdom RNAi executed by Secondary Small RNAs confers disease resistance” Other faculty...

Natasha Raikhel Appointed Honorary Doctor at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Congratulations to former IIGB and CEPCEB Director Natasha Raikhel who was appointed honorary doctor at SLU’s Faculty of Forest Sciences. Find the full press release here.

Congratulations to CEPCEB’s CA State Science Fair Awardees

CEPCEB awarded two Senior Division prizes at the California State Science and Engineering Fair Awards on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. These awards recognize scientific achievement in the fields of cell and molecular biology, genomics, bioinformatics or technology development that will impact our understanding of plant cell biology. Special congratulations to David He of San Diego...

CIDVR’s Le Roch leads research to develop novel therapeutic strategies to combat malaria

An international research team led by scientists at the University of California, Riverside and the La Jolla Institute for Immunology has found that malaria parasite genomes are shaped by parasite-specific gene families, and that this genome organization strongly correlates with the parasite’s virulence. Study results appear in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences...

Hailing Jin receives $4M USDA grant in effort to stop the spread of citrus-destroying disease

IIGB's Hailing Jin has secured a four-year grant aimed at halting the spread of a deadly bacterial disease that continues to spread among California’s citrus trees. The award of nearly $4 million, which comes from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will help cure citrus trees affected by...

IIGB’s Hailing Jin identifies mechanism that helps plants fight bacterial infection

A team led by plant pathologist, Hailing Jin has identified a regulatory, genetic mechanism in plants that could lead to better strategies for protecting crops. Working on Arabidopsis thaliana, a small flowering plant widely used by biologists as a model species, Jin’s research team found that Argonaute protein, a major core protein in the RNA...

Research by IIGB’s Joel Sachs shows natural selection favors cheaters

Mutualisms, which are interactions between members of different species that benefit both parties, are found everywhere — from exchanges between pollinators and the plants they pollinate, to symbiotic interactions between us and our beneficial microbes. Natural selection — the process whereby organisms better adapted to their environment tend to survive and produce more offspring —...

CEPCEB 16th Annual Symposium and Awards Ceremony

CEPCEB celebrated its 16th Annual Symposium and Awards Ceremony on November 30, 2018. Christina Smolke, Professor of Bioengineering, and by courtesy, of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University, served as the Distinguished Noel T. Keen Lecturer. Christina’s research focuses on developing modular genetic platforms for programming information processing and control functions in living systems, and she...

ASPB News “Luminaries” features CEPCEB’s Natasha Raikhel

Natasha Raikhel was chosen as subject of ASPB News “Luminaries” column, where student and postdoc members are invited to submit their ideas for a 500- to 750-word interview they might like to conduct with a prominent scientist. The content of the interview is reproduced below: Natasha Raikhel Distinguished Professor of Plant Cell Biology Emerita, University...

CEPCEB’s Bailey-Serres and Cutler Among 2017’s Highly Cited Researchers

Julia Bailey-Serres and Sean Cutler were named by Clarivate Analytics as 2017 Highly Cited Researchers, an annual list recognizing leading researchers in the sciences and social sciences from around the world. The final new list contains about 3,400 Highly Cited Researchers in 21 fields of the sciences and social sciences. The 2017 list focuses on...

IIGB’s Naoki Yamanaka awarded $2.3M from NIH’s High-Risk, High-Reward Program

Naoki Yamanaka will study the role of steroid hormone transporters in insect development and reproduction. An Assistant Professor of Entomology, Yamanaka will translate that knowledge into new ways to combat the spread of mosquitoes, which are among the deadliest animals on the planet. Steroid hormones mediate many biological processes, including growth and development in insects...
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