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 […]

Applications of Machine Learning in Precision Medicine

Posted Posted in Biology, Genetics, Technology

By Aditi Goyal, Statistics, Genetics and Genomics, ‘22 Author’s Note: I wrote about this topic after being introduced to the idea through a speaker series. I think the applications of modern day computer science, genetics and statistics creates a fascinating crossroads between these academic fields, and the applications are simply astounding.   Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) has revolutionized the field […]

Frontiers in Animal Behavior Research: Scientific Application of Krogh’s Principle

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By Kaiming Tan, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, ‘16 Author’s Note: As a student who is engaged in biological sciences research, I often read research publications and perform experiments in laboratory classes and research projects. A common theme across these studies is that different labs use various model organisms. For instance, labs that research infectious human diseases tend to use primates because […]

Stem Cells: Miracle Cure or Hoax? A Review of Present Application and Potential Uses of Stem Cells

Posted Posted in Biology, Genetics, Science and Society

By Vita Quintanilla, Genetics 23’
Author’s Note: My purpose in writing this piece is to educate the current safe applications of stem cell as misuse and damage due to the same is so prevalent in the US and abroad. While not detracting from the great advances being made in the field currently this piece is to take stock of the reality of this treatment.

Gene editing invasive species out of New Zealand

Posted Posted in Book Review, Environment, Genetics

By Jessie Lau, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology ‘20
Author’s Note: Since the advent of Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats-CRISPR Associated Protein 9 (CRISPR/Cas9) discovery and biotechnological breakthroughs thereafter, this revolutionary application has been primarily focused on human health, particularly fostering solutions to numerous debilitating ailments. However, the general public has offered little attention towards the use of this engineering feat in a broader ecological system […]

You might have to use more than a microscope, there’s more to genetics than what meets the eye: An interview with Dr. Gerald Quon

Posted Posted in Biology, Campus News and Reports, Genetics

By Tannavee Kumar, Genetics & Genomics 20’
Author’s Note: As an undergraduate studying genetics and genomics and computer science, I wanted to interview a former professor to find out the steps he took in order to do computational research in the biological sciences. I was interested in finding out more about the growing field of computational biology and wanted to help shed light on a field to students that may be similarly interested.