Where the Bison Roam and the Dung Beetles Roll: How American Bison, Dung Beetles, and Prescribed Fires are Bringing Grasslands Back

Posted Posted in Biology, Environment

By John Liu, Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology ‘21 Author’s Note: In this article, I will explore the overwhelming impact that the teeny tiny dung beetles have on American grasslands. Dung beetles, along with reintroduced bison and prescribed fires, are stomping, rolling, and burning through the landscape; all in efforts to revive destroyed grassland habitats. Barber et. al. looks at […]

Pharmacogenomics in Personalized Medicine: How Medicine Can Be Tailored To Your Genes

Posted Posted in Biology, Genetics, Health and Medicine

By: Anushka Gupta, Genetics and Genomics, ‘20 Author’s Note: Modern medicine relies on technologies that have barely changed over the past 50 years, despite all of the research that has been conducted on new drugs and therapies. Although medications save millions of lives every year, any one of these might not work for one person even if it works for […]

CRISPR Conundrum: Pursuing Consensus on Human Germline Editing

Posted Posted in Biology, Genetics

By Daniel Erenstein, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, ‘21 Author’s Note: In November 2018, a scientist in China became the first person to claim that they had edited the genes of human embryos carried to term. Two twins, named with the pseudonyms Lulu and Nana, were born from these very controversial experiments. This news rapidly propelled the debate on human germline […]

The Role of Dendritic Spine Density in Neuropsychiatric and Learning Disorders

Posted Posted in Biology, Neurobiology

Photo originally by MethoxyRoxy on Wikimedia Commons. No changes. CC License BY-SA 2.5. By Neha Madugala, Cognitive Science, ‘21 Author’s Note: Last quarter I took Neurobiology (NPB100) with Karen Zito, a professor at UC Davis. I was interested in her research in dendritic spines and its correlation to my personal area of interest in research regarding the language and cognitive […]

Einstein’s Fifth Symphony

Posted Posted in Biology, Neurobiology

By Jessie Lau, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology ‘20 Author’s Note: Growing up, playing the piano was a major part of my life— weekdays were filled with hour-long practices while Saturdays were for lessons. My schedule was filled with preparations for board exams and recitals, and in the absence of the black and white keys, my fingers were always tapping away […]

Cryogenic Electron Microscopy: A Leap Forward for UC Davis

Posted Posted in Biology, Campus News and Reports, News

Photo originally published in Structural Studies of the Giant Mimivirus. PLoS Biol 7(4): e1000092. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000092. License: CC BY 2.5. By Nathan Levinzon, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior ‘23 Author’s Note: The purpose of this article is to inform the UC Davis community about the arrival and use of a groundbreaking technology to campus. I hope to have provided a comprehensive introduction to Cryo-EM, information […]

Ode to the Eye: Movement of Mitochondria in Retinal Ganglion Cells

Posted Posted in Biology

By Nicholas Garaffo, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 20’ Author Note: I wrote this paper in an attempt to connect my research project to a non-science audience. While this topic is very scientific, I am attempting to translate the molecular biology of the eye to a language any reader could understand. With this paper, I hope more people get interested in basic […]

The Roots of Chemistry: How the Ancient Tradition of Alchemy Influenced Modern Scientific Thought

Posted Posted in Biology

By Reshma Kolala, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology 22’ Author’s Note: A scientific education today often omits the origins of modern scientific thought. I was interested in understanding how early philosophers built the foundation of modern scientific disciplines such as chemistry and physics through the ancient tradition of alchemy alongside rational thought and reasoning.    The ancestral equivalents of many modern branches […]

Taking the Driver’s Seat in your Diagnosis

Posted Posted in Health and Medicine

By: Mari Hoffman, Genetics and Genomics 2021  Author’s Note: In this paper, I will be discussing reviews on patient activation level and health outcomes in chronic diseases. I wanted to analyze the effect patients can have on their own treatment plans and discuss how they can make a difference. I feel personally connected to this topic because my dad was […]