- Current faculty members utilize molecular genetics to study the biology of individual microbes and also use microbial and non-microbial models for the study of specific cellular processes, including recombination, stress responses, aging, cancer, DNA repair, and mutagenesis.
Events & Seminars
- December 4, Dr. Manuel Kleiner, 10:00 am 1022 Life Sciences, “Functional genomics and ecophysiological studies of the bacterial symbionts in a gutless marine worm”
Two species of bacteria living on the ocean floor have teamed up in a unique symbiotic relationship to form a critical link in the Earth’s nitrogen cycle, reports a research team that includes Professor Scott Dawson and his graduate student Marissa Hirst. [Full Story]
Latest news from Science360 lists “DNA Gridlock – Cells Undo Glitches to Prevent Mutations” from the Princeton Journal Watch, where “researchers have uncovered evidence that cells contain a built-in system for eliminating odd shapes that can block the copying of DNA during cell division,” based on work published in Nature with contributions from Kowalczykowski’s laboratory.
- Oxidation of the cyclic ethers 1,4-dioxane and tetrahydrofuran by a monooxygenase in two Pseudonocardia species. [Parales]
- Highly active zinc-finger nucleases by extended modular assembly. [Xu]
- DNA unwinding heterogeneity by RecBCD results from static molecules able to equilibrate. [Kowalczykowski]
Awards & Fellowships
Congratulations to Professor Lifeng Xu for being selected a 2013-2014 UC Davis Hellman Fellow. The Hellman Family Foundation contributed funds to establish the UC Davis Hellman Fellows Program to provide support and encouragement for the research of promising Assistant Professors who exhibit potential for great distinction in their research, and who have documented a need for funding. Congratulations to this well-deserved recognition!
Sucheta (Rinti) Mukherjee was appointed to the T32 training grant in pharmacology. Congratulations!
Aurèle Piazza (Heyer Lab) obtained a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship from the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) to study the mechanism of homology search during recombinational DNA repair. Congratulations!