Discovering Curiosity: Building Mini-Organs to Fight Pancreatic Cancer with New Faculty Chang-il Hwang

March 21, 2019

When a healthy cell turns cancerous a cascade of events enables the cancer to spread throughout the body. But its origin lies within a single progenitor cell.

“What goes wrong with that particular cell?” asked Assistant Professor Chang-il Hwang, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. “Something happens at the molecular level. One DNA molecule, or one protein molecule changes.”


Sex-swapping Zebrafish Hold Clues for Reproductive Development Diseases in Humans

January 23, 2019
In a study appearing in Genetics, BMCDB Graduate Group faculty chair Bruce Draper and UC Davis researchers relay new discoveries about the molecular mechanisms behind sexual determination. Using zebrafish, they highlighted the gene responsible for determining whether the fish will develop into a female or a male.

Diabetes Research in Huising Lab Emphasizes Importance of Reproducibility in Science

June 21, 2018
In a paper appearing in Cell Metabolism, Associate Professor Mark Huising, Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, and Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology graduate student Sharon Lee refute a previous study that claimed an antimalarial drug could be used to treat type 1 diabetes.