About the Department

Student Announcements

Events & Seminars

  • June 1 at 4:10 pm Elizabeth Henry (Coaker Lab, Dept. Plant Pathology), “Metabolic and spatial control of plant pathogen perception”, Life Sciences room 1022

  • June 8 at 4:10 pm Watumesa Tan (Parales Lab),”Unravelling 2-Nitrotoluene Degradation in Acidovorax sp. Strain JS42″, Life Sciences 1022


  • The National Blackwell-Tapia Committee is pleased to announce that the 2016 Blackwell-Tapia Prize will be awarded to Mariel Vazquez, a professor in the departments of mathematics and of microbiology and molecular genetics at the University of California, Davis. (more…)

  • Congratulations to Lifeng Xu for her promotion to Associate Professor effective July 1, 2016. The department is proud of her success obtaining tenure at the University of California, Davis.

  • Professor Neil Hunter is elected Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology. Congratulations! (more…)


  • Nonsense-mediated decay regulates key components of homologous recombination. [Heyer]
  • BRCA2 regulates DMC1-mediated recombination through the BRC repeats. [Kowalczykowski]
  • Waves of actin and microtubule polymerization drive microtubule-based transport and neurite growth before single axon formation. [Collins]


Awards & Fellowships

  • Amanda Fox, an Immunology Graduate Group student in Lorena Navarro’s Lab, has been awarded the 2015-16 Outstanding Graduate Student Award for the course BIS2A. Congratulations!

  • Congratulations to undergraduate researchers Kavita Dutta (Collins Lab), 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, are collaborative, and possess a great attitude.