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Amy Moffat, Student and Program Assessment Manager was the recipient of the UC Merced’s Outstanding Women award. This annual award recognizes the those faculty, post docs, staff, and students who identify as women at UC Merced who enriched the campus community through notable leadership, sustained dedication, outstanding service, and inspiring achievements that directly impact women. The award is provided by Women’s Programs out of the Office of Student Life. Amy is actively engaged in the campus serving as the secretary and...
Professor Andy LiWang shows his 3-D-printed model of the proteins that drive cyanobacterial circadian clocks.
In finding a way to see assemblies of the proteins that direct cyanobacterial circadian rhythms, or biological clocks, UC Merced biochemistry Professor Andy LiWang and his colleagues have done what no one else has been able to, despite more than 15 years of trying. A new paper released in the prestigious journal Science today Opens a New Window.explains how the labs of LiWang and his colleagues — Professor Carrie Partch in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UC Santa Cruz and Professor Susan Golden...
The National Cancer Institute’s “cancer moonshot” tasks researchers with, among advancing other new biotechnologies, delving into immunotherapy and genomic analysis. UC Merced Professor Fabian V. Filipp is doing his part, further developing his work on precision targeting of cancers and personalized medicine. Filipp has already mapped the genetic landscape of melanoma Opens a New Window.and found a drug that could be effective in battling the deadly skin cancer Opens a New Window., and has now...
Professor Shilpa Khatri
If you want to know what the ocean really smells like, you’ll have to ask a crab. Yes, crabs have a sense of smell. In humans, chemicals in the air flow into our nasal cavities toward specialized sensory cells. Olfaction occurs when odorant molecules bind to specific sites on the olfactory receptors, or chemosensors. But crabs don’t have closed-in nasal cavities like humans do, of course. Like all crustaceans, they have arrays of hair-like chemosensors called aesthetascs that pick up chemical cues flowing past...
As a part of the cultural exchange program, Horizons du Monde, a group of about 20 french middle school students were hosted by UC Merced staff and faculty for a week in February. The students stayed in the homes of many UC Merced faculty and staff as a part of this immersion program. A half day tour of the UC Merced campus allowed for the students participate in science demonstrations by the School of Natural Sciences insturctional lab staff and tour the research laboratories of Natural Sciences faculty - included Professors Rudy Ortiz,...
Professor Clarissa Nobile
Everyone is invited to hear UC Merced Professor Clarissa Nobile, this year’s Pellissier Distinguished Speaker, discussing biofilms. “Microbial Films: Why are They Important? How do They Form? And What Does This Mean for You?” looks at biofilms, the predominant growth state of most microorganisms on living and nonliving surfaces. Like all bacteria and bacterial products, some biofilms are helpful and some are harmful. Nobile, a UC Merced microbiologist and professor of molecular and cell biology, researches...
During the last academic year, American Medical Student Association (AMSA) at UC Merced was able to purchase CPR Mannequins with the financial support of the School of Natural Sciences. Vice President of Membership, Andrew Betancourt said that this investment has been beneficial for not only AMSA members, but also students campus wide and prospective pre-health high school students. These mannequins greatly aided the organization in events such as the Annual Carnival of Pink, where the mannequins were used to demonstrate self-breast...
In recent publications, Professor Vincent Tung proves that inspiration for advancements in materials science can come from anywhere — even the merging of raindrops on a windshield or the sheeting of red wine down the inside of a glass. Through those liquid movements, Tung discovered and optimized a new, low-cost, scalable and environmentally friendly way of using perovskite, an extremely thin and highly efficient material that is at the forefront of photovoltaic research. Teaming up with physics Professor...
Researchers at UC Merced are playing key roles in the new UC Valley Fever Research Initiative, studying how the Valley fever fungus, Coccidioides immitis, causes disease in its mammalian hosts, and identifying the genes involved in this process. School of Natural SciencesOpens a New Window. professors Clarissa Nobile, Katrina Hoyer and Aaron Hernday are part of an effort led by UC San Francisco scientist Anita Sil through the UC’s latest round of Multicampus Research Programs and InitiativesOpens...
Professor Emilia Huerta-Sanchez
A new study identifies genetic changes in Native Americans that came about when Europeans settled in the Pacific Northwest and might have played a major role in why so many natives died of infectious disease. In a new paper in Nature Communications, “A Time Transect of Exomes from a Native American Population Before and After European ContactOpens a New Window.,” UC Merced Professor Emilia Huerta-Sánchez and collaborators show that the Tsimshian, a First Nations community in the Prince Rupert Harbor region of...

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