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A lot happened last are just a few of our faculty's achievements.



David Strubbe and Aurora Pribram-Jones

In partnership with Livermore Lab, Morehouse College, and Florida A&M University, formed the Consortium for High Energy Density Science.

U.S Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s Minority Serving Institution Partnership Program

Emily-Jane McTavish

Collaborative Research: ABI Development: Cultivating a sustainable Open Tree of Life.

National Science Foundation

Ramendra Saha

Epigenetic disruptions by PBDEs during neurodevelopment.

National Institute of Health

Fred Wolf

Transcriptional transformation of neuronal properties by binge-like alcohol intake in Drosophilia.

National Institute of Health

Maria Zoghbi and Trevor Hirst

Molecular Mechanism of the Mitochondrial ABC Transporter ABCB10.

National Institute of General Medical Science

Kirk Jensen and Trevor Hirst

New requirements for immunity to parasitic pathogens - when vaccines work and why they fail.

National Institute of Health

Aaron Hernday

Development of high-throughput assay for Candida albicans cell-type switching.

National Institute of Health

Clarissa Nobile

Molecular mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions and virulence.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Roland Winston

The Internal Compound Parabolic Concentrator (ICPC) - a Novel Low-Cost Solar Thermal Collection System for Desalination Processes.

U.S. Department of Energy 

Peggy O’Day

Manganese and Iron Oxide-Modified Activated Carbon for the Remediation of Mercury-Contaminated Sediment and Water.

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions LLC

Jessica Blois

Diversity, Differentiation, And Environment: Variation Across Landscapes In The North American River Otter (Lontra canadensis).

Society of Systematic Biologist



Gordon Bennett, co-author. Evolution of host support for two ancient bacterial symbionts with differentially degraded genomes in a leafhopper host. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Katrina Hoyer, co-author. Elevated Regulatory T Cells at Diagnosis of Coccidioides Infection Associates with Chronicity in Pediatric Patients. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

Henry Jay Forman and Peggy O’Day, co-authors. Surface Characterization and Chemical Speciation of Adsorbed Iron (III) on Oxidized Carbon Nanoparticles. Environmental Science: Process & Impact.

Elizabeth R. Dumont, co-author. Multifactorial processes underlie parallel opsin loss in neotropical bats. eLife.

Ajay Gopinathan, co-author. Frustration-induced phases in migrating cell clusters. Science Advances.

Justin Yeakel, co-author. Eco-evolutionary origins of diverse abundance, biomass, and trophic structures in food webs. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.

Justin Yeakel, co-author. Laplacian matrices and Turing bifurcations: revisiting Levin 1974 and the consequences of spatial structure and movement for ecological dynamics. Theoretical Ecology.

Roummel Marcia and Suzanne Sindi, co-authors. Detecting Novel Structural Variants In Genomes By Leveraging Parent-Child Relatedness. Proceeding 2018 IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine.


Jessica Blois named Faculty Director of UC Merced’s Natural Reserve holdings.

Tonya Woke placed on Clarivate Analytics ‘Highly Cited Researchers’ list.

Sora Kim’s NSF grant to research the extinction of the Megalodon featured in a recent issue of Newsweek.

Noemi Petra’s co-authored paper, ‘Scalable and Efficient Algorithms for the Propagation of Uncertainty from Data through Inference to Prediction for Large-scale Problems, with Application to Flow of the Antarctic Ice Sheet’ will receive the SIAM Activity Group on Computational Science and Engineering Best Paper prize at the 2019 SIAM Conference on Computation Science and Engineering.

Michael Dawson’s co-authored study contributes to the future ban of chemical sunscreen from the Island nation of Palau, an effort to protect their coral reefs.


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