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Scientists tame biological trigger of deadly Huntington’s disease

Yinsheng Wang and Weifeng Gu are featured in UCR News for their work on inhibiting RNA methylation in flies and worms, with potential applications to Huntington's disease treatments. The article is based on their new work published in Nature, "m 1A in CAG repeat RNA binds to TDP-43 and induces neurodegeneration"
Illustration shows D. sechellia, a fly endemic to the Seychelles, on the noni fruit. (Taylor N. Black)

How did a fly species gain sole access to a fruit in the Seychelles?

Anupama Dahanukar describes her lab's work on understanding how Drosophila sechellia came to be the only fly species attracted to a fruit growing on the islands. The article is based on work published in Cell Reports under the title of " Evolution of fatty acid taste in drosophilids"

Living worm found in woman's brain… what does it have to do with your diet?

UCR parasitology professor Adler Dillman joined the Something Offbeat podcast to talk about the discovery of a worm in a woman's brain, and the connection that discovery has to her diet.
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These Plants Change Color When Exposed To A Pesticide

Sean Cutler and Ian Wheeldon have developed a technique to make the Arabidopsis thaliana plant change color in response to the pesticide azinphos-ethyl. In an article with Wired, they explained the process of harnessing genes in the plant's stress response system to achieve this color change and its possible applications in indicating the presence of...

IIGB in the News: Quanqing Zhang and Jiayu Liao

Research by Bioengineering Professor and IIGB member Dr. Jiayu Liao and IIGB Proteomics Core manager Dr. Quanquing Zhang was featured in the UCR campus news. The article discusses researchers' paper published in the MDPI Viruses journal which demonstrates that COVID requires human proteins to replicate. Zhang and Liao's work has potential in the development of...

Robert Jinkerson receives NSF CAREER Award

Assistant Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering and IIGB member, Dr. Robert Jinkerson was recently recognized with a National Science Foundation CAREER award, one of seven recipients at UCR in 2023. Awardees are chosen by NSF as faculty members who are early in their career, but already demonstrate great potential as role models and supporters...
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IIGB in the News: Hailing Jin

Research by Plant Pathology and Microbiology Professor and IIGB member Dr. Hailing Jin was featured in the UCR campus news. The article discusses research published in the paper "Fungal small RNAs ride in extracellular vesicles to enter plant cells through clathrin-mediated endocytosis". Dr. Jin explains the method and genetics behind grey mold infections, with applications...

IIGB in the News: Meera Nair

Research by Biomedical Sciences Associate Professor and IIGB member Dr. Meera Nair was featured in the UCR campus news. The article discusses Dr. Nair's research with co-author Dr. Djurdjica Coss published in the paper "Sexual dimorphism in obesity is governed by RELMα regulation of adipose macrophages and eosinophils". The full article by Iqbal Pittalwala can...

IIGB In The News: Joel Sachs

Research by Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology Professor and IIGB member Dr. Joel Sachs was featured in UCR campus news. The article discusses Dr. Sach's research published in the paper "Competitive interference among rhizobia reduces benefits to hosts". The full article by Iqbal Pittalwala can be found here.
FAO April Meinzer pictured with Director Katayoon Dehesh at the Get Recognized Award event

April Meinzer wins Spring 2023 Employee Recognition Award

April Meinzer, Financial and Administrative Officer for IIGB and Botany & Plant Sciences, was recently selected as a Spring 2023 Get Recognized award winner. Campus defines recipients of this award as career staff members who go above and beyond in their jobs, and April's work with IIGB certainly fits these characteristics. She was recognized at...

A Fond Farewell

Even in apparent retirement, Mien's presence lingers, leaving an indelible mark on every corner of the lab and etched in our memories from every angle. Mien's impact on our team is undeniable, and she will forever be an integral part of our lab. Mien, as you embark on this new chapter of your life and...

Biological cleanup discovered for certain “forever chemicals”

IIGB affiliated faculty, Dr. Yujie Men, was featured in campus news for her work with Chlorinated PFAS. The full story can be found here.

Dr. Katayoon Dehesh's Journey to IIGB Director

In her signature powerful style, Director Katayoon (Katie) Dehesh recalls to UCR Magazine the experiences that shaped her academic career and inspires her leadership in initiatives for women. The full story can be found at Nevertheless, She Persisted

CEPCEB Founder Dr. Natasha Raikhel selected for 2023 ASPB Award

The American Society for Plant Biologists (ASPB) recently awarded the prestigious Charles Barnes Life Membership Award to Dr. Natasha Raikhel, founder of the CEPCEB program, former IIGB Director, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus. Read More

Dr. Xuemei Chen Selected for 2023 ASPB Award

The American Society for Plant Biologists (ASPB) recently awarded the prestigious Martin Gibbs Medal to Dr. Xuemei Chen, Distinguished Professor of Plant Cell and Molecular Biology. Read More

Dr. Karine Le Roch Co-Leads Study on Tick-Bourne Disease Babesiosis

Babesiosis is a malaria-like disease that destroys red blood cells. UCR and Yale research team reports the first high-quality genome sequence 3D genome structure.

Congratulations Dr. Robert Jinkerson for Receiving an NSF CAREER Award

Chemical and Environmental Engineer Dr. Robert Jinkerson has been awarded an NSF CAREER award for engineering crop plants to metabolize products of CO2 electrolysis to enable food production with artificial photosynthesis.

Morris Maduro Lab's Paper Named Finalist for "Outstanding Paper Prize"

The paper explores how C. elegans develop the gut without gut-development genes found in other nematodes.

Without this, plants cannot respond to temperature

Research by IIGB members Meng Chen and Xuemei Chen were featured in a recent article by UCR campus news.


We are Power! Jingzhe Guo, a non-lipid specialist in the Dehesh lab was awarded the best post-doctoral presentation prize at the 2023 Gordon Research Conference on Plant Lipids: Structure, Metabolism and Function in Galveston, Texas!
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