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September 2, 2015
A new supercomputer assembled on campus this summer is the first step toward making UC Merced a computational training ground for researchers throughout the Central Valley. “We can do extraordinarily diverse research with this computer, from quantum mechanics to the topology of ancient China,” quantum chemistry Professor Hrant Hratchian said. Hratchian and his fellow principal investigators —...
Researchers at the University of California, Merced, have taken another step toward unlocking the mysteries of the biological clock. In a study published online today (June 25) in Science Express— and soon to appear in print in the prestigious journal Science — a team led by UC Merced Professor Andy LiWangshows how the highly unusual movements of a single protein...
UC Merced graduate students Theo Crouch II and Lauren Edwards recently were awarded fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). QSB Student Theo Crouch II “Each year, these programs invest in a highly select set of students who have demonstrated the potential for meaningful achievements in their field,” said Vice...
Graduate student Sabah Ul-Hasan translated her love of science into four separate college degrees. She holds bachelor’s degrees in biology, chemistry, and environmental and sustainability studies, and a master’s in biochemistry (marine science) from universities in Utah and New Hampshire. Ul-Hasan, a Ph.D. Eugene Cota-Robles Fellow in Quantitative and Systems Biology at UC...
Less than a year after mapping the genetic landscape of melanoma, a researcher from the University of California, Merced, has identified a drug that could be effective in battling the deadly skin cancer. UC Merced Professor Fabian V. Filipp led a team of researchers on the new project, the results of which were published today (Feb. 29) in the journal Neoplasia....
Computational biologist David Ardell has been awarded the 2016 Julius Kuehn Professorship by the academic senate of Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in Germany. Ardell, a professor in UC Merced’s School of Natural Sciences, will spend six weeks this summer with his family at the German university, where he will conduct research and give a public lecture to a...
A team of scientists led by UC Merced Professor Aaron D. Hernday has made a major advancement in understanding how the most common fungal pathogen in humans can alter its cellular phenotype and behavior. Although typically a benign component of the human microbiome, Candida albicans can transition into a dangerous pathogen that can cause yeast infections in women, thrush in...
UC Merced Professor Miriam Barlow was honored with a major award last month for her role in developing a method to restore the efficacy of antibiotics and help doctors deal with resistant bacteria. Barlow, a biologist, worked with American University mathematician Kristina Crona on the “Time Machine” software to rewind the evolution of bacteria. For that project,...
Professor Danielle Edwards is part of a team of researchers that made a huge discovery recently about two groups of giant Galapagos tortoises — they are actually two different species. The team’s paper, entitled “Description of a new Galapagos Giant Tortoise Species (Chelonoidis; Testudines: Testudinidae) from Cerro Fatal on Santa Cruz Island,” appears online...
Fracture healing involves communications between bone, muscle, vasculature, and the periosteum temporarily and spatially during fracture repair. Specifically, the periosteum, the thin fibrous tissue covering the cortical bone contains stem cells that migrates to the fracture site and differentiate into chondrocytes (cartilage forming cells) and/or osteoblasts (bone forming cells). However, little...

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