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…)

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.

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.

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).

Congratulations to  Research Professor Emeritus Jack Meeks, who received the Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professorship award. The annual award supports emeriti in their continuing research, teaching, and/or public service. Professor Meeks’ research project is “Microscopic Documentation of Protein Localization and Motility Behavior in Filaments of the Symbiotic Cyanobacterium N. punctiforme”.

Dominant mutation in new Fanconi anemia gene poisons recombinational DNA repair. Read more here and read the article in Molecular Cell.

The Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics is happy to welcome Dr. Samuel Diaz Muñoz, who will start his appointment as an Assistant Professor on July 1, 2016.

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