UCSB Scientists Discover Mechanism to Change the Destiny of Embryonic Cells

UCSB researchers in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology have recently discovered a mechanism by which embryonic cells decide to become specific cell types in adult humans. The discovery comes from the lab of Joel Rothman and was carried out by graduate student Nareg Djabrayan along with Erica Sommermann and Nathaniel Dudley. The […]

UCSF Researcher Earns Nobel for Revolutionary Stem Cell Discovery

UCSF researcher Shinya Yamanaka was recently awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering that mature cells can be reprogrammed into pluripotent stem cells. Yamanaka was the first to produce induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) back in 2006. These cells are unique in that they are stem cells that are derived from an […]


Get To Know a Researcher: Thomas Weimbs

Thomas Weimbs, an Associate Professor in the Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Department since 2007, has a lab at UCSB focuses on uncovering the underlying mechanisms of Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD), a common genetic disease for which a cure still remains elusive. He is a leading expert in biomedical research. Weimbs’s says that […]

UCSB Researchers Explore Versatile Properties of Multiblock Polymers

UCSB researchers addressed the numerous possibilities of multiblock polymers in their latest publication in Science. Materials professor Glenn Fredrickson and project scientist Kris Delaney reported on the need of a theoretical framework to guide an otherwise overwhelming flood of options in multiblock polymer research in their paper, Multiblock Polymers: Panacea or Pandora’s Box? Normal polymers […]

UCSB Scientists Examine Potent Salmonella Strain

UCSB researchers Michael Mahan and Douglas Heithoff recently discovered “hypervirulent” strains of Salmonella. New methods to identify this especially dangerous form of Salmonella may allow scientists to effectively reduce food poisoning caused by these strains of the bacteria. These particular Salmonella bacteria are more potent than normal strains since they tend to produce more toxins. […]

Studies Mimic Nature To Innovate Biosensors

Researchers at UCSB have recently developed biosensors that can better detect concentration levels of certain molecular markers. Chemistry professor Kevin Plaxco and lead author of the study Alexis Vallée-Bélisle have made significant improvements in biosensors. The improvements allow for more accurate diagnostic tests when monitoring patient health and will help guide physicians toward more appropriate […]

Study Connects Human Activity with Increased Fires in Amazon Basin

Scientists from UC Santa Barbara’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis recently published a paper in collaboration with Eric Davidson of Woods Hole Research Center and several Brazilian scientists, revealing how human activity and land use have begun to affect water and energy cycles in the Amazon Basin. The research team’s primary goal was […]

UCSB Researchers Continue Study of Deepwater Oil Spill

Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, recently published a study describing how underwater topography and currents affected the disappearance of methane plumes in the Gulf of Mexico following the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences follows up on oil spill researcher […]

UCSB Researchers Grow Understanding of Plant Evolution Through Flower Petal Cells

Along with a group of researchers from Harvard University, Scott Hodges, professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology at UCSB, recently discovered a mechanism of flower petal evolution that contradicts previous scientific theories that have been widely accepted for the past 60 years. Using Columbine flowers, also known as Aquilegia, the team […]

Dow Chemical Institute To Fund UCSB Research

UCSB recently received a grant for $15 million from the Dow Chemical Company to develop new technology through advanced scientific research. Specifically, the grant will provide the means to establish a Dow Materials Institute that will be located in the UCSB Materials Research Laboratory which is a National Science Foundation Materials Research Science and Engineering […]

UCSB’s Center for the Study of Macular Degeneration Welcomes New Director

Renowned research scientist Dr. Pete Coffey plans to join UCSB’s Neuroscience Research Institute beginning in November as part of a collaborative initiative to study the potential of stem cells in blindness prevention. Coffey currently serves as the director of the London Project to Cure Blindness, a research effort originating at the University College of London. […]

Snails Hitch a Ride With Migratory Birds

Ryan Hechinger, a research biologist with the Marine Science Institute at UCSB, recently discovered an unlikely creature has been utilizing air travel for millennia. Along with his colleagues, Hechinger found that horn snails have hitched free rides from ocean to ocean via unsuspecting migrating birds. According to the article — “Flying shells: historical dispersal of […]

UCSB Scientists Conduct Critical Research on Kelp

UCSB scientists from the Earth Research Institute and Marine Science Institute recently discovered a new method to analyze fluctuations in giant kelp biomass in the Santa Barbara Channel that enables them to track changes in the kelp populations spatially and temporally.