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Chicagoan Chelsea Carey (pictured on the right) faced quite a change in choosing UC Merced for her natural sciences graduate studies. But she knew she wanted to work with Professor Stephen Hart for her environmental systems research. “I did a lot of searching (for a mentor) based on my research interests,” Carey said. She corresponded with about 50 professors all over the country, and narrowed down her choices to three. But she had heard about Hart’s research through her lab coordinator at DePaul University, and said she...
We are proud to announce that three UC Merced undergraduate students won research awards at the recent conference of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) in Seattle.   All three students are SNS majors and part of the UC LEADS program.  Adriana Lopez, Biological Sciences (UC LEADS Mentor:  Dr. Tao Ye) Jose Moreno, Chemical Sciences (UC LEADS mentor:  Dr. Teamrat Ghezzehei and Dr. Carlos Guerrero, UCSD, LEADS Second Summer Mentor) Stacey Van,...
UC Merced Professor Fred Wolf uses fruit flies to better understand the neurological impacts of alcoholism.
Professor Fabian Filipp is trying to put up roadblocks. But instead of stopping cars, he's trying to keep cancers from growing. Filipp, a systems biology professor who started at UC Merced this fall, studies the metabolic cycle of melanoma, which is the leading cause of death from skin cancers. “We are exposed to a lot of sunlight. Sun rays make us feel good, and in the short term, make us look good, too,” Filipp explained. However, too much ultraviolet radiation accelerates the effects of aging and increases your risk for...
Professor Mónica Medina started out as the only marine biologist in a National Science Foundation workshop last year, but she ended up with a group of new partners and an opinion piece in the prestigious journal Science that’s being released today. Through discussions with colleagues from many other disciplines, including behavioral biologists and ecologists, she and others realized they had found something new together. “We had fun, and we realized there’s an almost unexplored niche in science research – the...
Researchers at UC Merced are conducting a five-year investigation into environmental changes in marine lakes, including why some species adapt while others go extinct, thanks to a $1.9 National Science Foundation grant. Researchers will study the climate in Palau, and how it influences changes in lakes' temperature, circulation, salinity and oxygen levels. They also will look at past and present microbes, algae and animals to see how they are affected by the climate and its changes, according to a university press release. Professor...
Shrubs blooming in a specific area of Africa might hold the answers to feeding millions of people on that continent, and possibly others. UC Merced Professor Teamrat Ghezzehei, his doctoral student, Nate Bogie, and researchers from Ohio State University, Institut sénégalais de recherches agricoles (ISRA) and L'Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD) in Senegal, are digging into the workings of two shrubs. They want to find out why two plants native to the Sudano-Sahel region of Africa – guiera senegalensis, or Nguer, as...
When he's not examining cell cultures inside his Castle Airport laboratory, you might find Fabian Filipp surfing the waves somewhere along California's coastline. If you happen to catch the lean 35-year-old native of Munich, Germany, holding court at Pacific Beach or some other picturesque surf locale, however, he won't be without sunscreen.                                      Case in point, Filipp is an assistant professor of...
Tropical coral reefs live in a close relationship with single-celled algae called dinoflagellates. The algae offer nutrients to the coral as a byproduct of photosynthesis, while the reefs provide the algae with shelter, protection from other sea life seeking to eat them, and a home that is close to light. The bond fascinates scientist Monica Medina, who has been studying how corals respond to natural and stressful conditions such as global warming, and coastal development, as well as their response to shifts in the microbial community both in...
UC Merced Assistant Professor Fred Wolf is trying to better understand the biological basis of alcoholism. To do so, Wolf and his research team are studying fruit fly brains. "Fruit flies have a brain. That's something that many people don't know," he said. "Their brain is a millionfold simpler than ours, but that's still a very complicated brain. And flies, like people, have a very long association with alcohol. It's in their favorite food source; it's in rotten fruit, which is what fruit flies...

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