About the Department

Student Announcements

Events & Seminars

  • February 10 at 4:10 pm No seminar due to the UC Berkeley Dept. of Plant Biology & Microbial Biology Kustu Lecture to be given by Carol Gross on this day

  • Honoring Distinguished Professor Stephen Kowalczykowski: Mechanisms of Genome Maintenance Symposium Feb. 12-13, 2016 at UC Davis (more…)

  • February 17 at 4:10 pm Dr. Bibo Li, Cleveland State University, “Telomeres and microbial virulence”, Life Sciences room 1022


  • 13 UC Davis Discoveries That Changed Our World, including one from our department (more…)

  • Congratulations to Drs. Jacqueline Barlow and Miriam Martin who have each been named a National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences for the 2015-2016 academic year. Both Jacqueline and Miriam were selected to and enthusiastically participated in the 2015 National Academies West Coast Summer Institute on Undergraduate Science Education that was held July 13-18, at the University of Oregon.

  • Professor Mariel Vaquez is featured in two YouTube videos on the topic of DNA Topology: 1) The Shape of DNA (The amazing knots, twists and turns inside our cells), and 2) How DNA unties its own knots (How “Pac-Man” unties knots in our DNA).


  • Locally excitable Cdc42 signals steer cells during chemotaxis. [Collins]
  • Elevated levels of TRF2 induce telomeric ultrafine anaphase bridges and rapid telomere deletions. [Xu]
  • Single-molecule visualization of RecQ helicase reveals DNA melting, nucleation, and assembly are required for processive DNA unwinding. [Kowlaczy]

Awards & Fellowships

  • Congratulations to undergraduate researchers Jennifer Liang (Singer Lab) and Hui-shun (Nestor) Huang (Xu Lab), recipients of this year’s Schilling Undergraduate Research Award! The award is given to to undergraduates within the College of Biological Sciences who have demonstrated excellent research and investigative ability in a current lab assignment, be collaborative, and possess a great attitude.

  • Congratulations to Briana Gregg, a first year BMCDB graduate student in Professor Sean Collins laboratory who was awarded the highly competitive Floyd and Mary Schwall Fellowship in Medical Research for the 2015-18 academic years. (more…)