May 9, 2013 - Anu Sadhu Dimashkie, a graduate student at Cal State, Northridge and CIRM Bridges Scholar, which is part of the CIRM UCLA-CSUN Bridges to stem cell research program, recently successfully defended her thesis on her research done in Dr. Klathrin Plath's lab. Additionally, she has also participated in two research symposiums, CSUN Student research symposia and Sigma Xi Student research symposium and received first place in both of these for her talks on research done in the Plath lab, which includes epigenetics of induced pluripotent stem cells using molecular techniques such as GLP, cell culture and genetic screens.
April 30, 2013 - Congratulations to Dr. Edward DeRobertis, who was elected to the National Academy of Sciences! This year, the National Academy of Sciences announced the election of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates from14 countries in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. We are proud to announce that Dr. DeRobertis a distinguished professor in the department of Biological Chemistry, is one of the newly elected members. Dr. DeRobertis is the fifth member in the Department of Biological Chemistry who has been elected to theNational Academy of Sciences. The others include Dr. Elizabeth Neufeld (1977), Dr. David Eisenberg (1989), Dr. Michael Grunstien (2008) and Dr. Larry Zipursky (2009). News from the National Academy of Sciences - Vice Chancellor's Announcement
April 23, 2013 - Congratulations to Lydia Daboussi, PhD (Mentor: Greg Payne) for defending her Final Oral Examination!
April 18, 2013 - Congratulations to Alissa Minkovsky, PhD (Mentor: Kathrin Plath) for defending her Final Oral Examination!
April 2, 2013 - UCLA Chancellor Gene Block led a delegation to the White House for President Obama's announcement of a new federal effort to fund research to better understand the function of the human brain. Professor Kelsey Martin, chair of the Department of Biological Chemistry also attended as an invited guest for the President's introduction of the BRAIN Initiative. UCLA Newsroom - Chancellor Leads UCLA to White House for BRAIN Announcement
March 15, 2013 - Vincent Pasque, a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Klathrin Plath, is featured in the 2012 Journal of Cell Science Prize for Young Scientists due to his joint first-author paper entitled "Histone variant macroH2A marks embryonic differentiation in vivo and acts as an epigenetic barrier to induced pluripotency." Journal of Cell Science article
March 8, 2013 - UCLA Neuroscience is being chaired by Dr. Kelsey Martin, who also chairs the Department of Biological Chemistry. UCLA’s neuroscience community also ranks among the largest anywhere, with an estimate of around 500 UCLA faculty members engaged in studying the brain from a wide variety of perspectives. Dr. Martin has headed efforts to encourage more cross-disciplinary cooperation within the Neuroscience community, a move that would help attract philanthropy and grants to support brain research. Dr. Martin has stated that "This [national effort] will require an understanding of the emergent properties of the brain — how all of the pieces of the puzzle work — but from a broader perspective, so we can see how it all fits together. That will definitely require a large interdisciplinary effort." UCLA Today - Taking on Brain-Activity Mapping Initiative
March 5, 2013 - David Eisenberg is named as the Senior Scientist Accomplishment Award award winner by the 2013 International Society for Computational Biology. The ISCB Senior Scientist Accomplishment Award recognizes outstanding members of the computational biology community who have made major contributions to the field of computational biology through research, education, and service. Dr. Eisenberg's reasearch includes studies of protein interactions by X-ray crystallography, bioinformatics, and biochemistry, with an emphasis on amyloid-forming proteins. ISCB will present the Senior Scientist Award to Dr. Eisenberg at the 21st Annual Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology Conference on July 23, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Congratulations Dr. Eisenberg! ISCB Announces Award Winners
21st Annual ISCB Conference - David Eisenberg
February 21, 2013 - Dr. Michael Carey and Dr. John Colicelli from the Department of Biological Chemistry have been selected by the Committee of Teaching as this year's recipients of the Distinguished Teaching Award for Academic Senate faculty! Both professors will share the Undergraduate Mentorship Award. Each year the ULCA Alumni Association presents 6 Distinguished Teaching Awards to faculty members nominated from academic departments during Fall Quarter, with each award carrying an honorarium of $6000. In receiving and winning this reward, Dr. Carey and Dr. Colicelli join a very select group of UCLA's finest teachers. Congratulations Dr. Carey and Dr. Colicelli!
More information can be found at the Undergraduate Research Center site.
February 14, 2013 - Congratulations to Jason Ernst, who was selected as a 2013 Sloan Research Fellow!
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation recognizes exceptional early-career scientists and scholars in science, mathematics, economics, and computer science. The recipients are awarded for two years and receive a $50,000 research stipend. Nominated by their peers and selected by a distinguished panel of senior scholars, Sloan research fellows represent the next generation of leaders in the fields of science, economics, mathematics, economics, and computer science.
Congratulations Dr. Ernst!
January 15, 2013 - Michael Carey is featured in UCLA Today, having been selected as the author of one of the best articles published in 2012 in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Dr. Carey’s article focuses on the development of organisms from fruit flies to man. This development relies on specific genes being turned on and off in a cell-specific, regulated manner. The editors selected 22 papers out of more than 4,000 published last year! Dr. Carey's paper represents the Genomics and Proteomics affinity group.
January 3, 2013 - Reid Johnson publishes "The site-specific integration reaction of Listeria phage A118 integrase, a serine recombinase" in Mobile DNA.
May 13, 2013