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6th Annual Faculty Research Lecturer!

By |2019-01-21T01:04:29-08:00January 21st, 2019|

IIGB distinguished professor of plant cell and molecular biology, Xuemei Chen, will give the 64th annual Faculty Research Lecture June 3 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Genomics Auditorium, Room 1102A.The lecture, “Small RNAs – Small but Powerful,” is presented by the UC Riverside Academic Senate. Small RNAs were the “dark matter” in [...]

Elected to the National Academy of Sciences!

By |2019-01-21T01:03:15-08:00January 21st, 2019|

Julia Bailey-Serres, an IIGB professor of genetics and director of the Center for Plant Cell Biology (CEPCEB), has been elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for her excellence in original scientific research. Membership in the NAS is one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer in the United [...]

Natasha Raikhel Retirement Symposium

By |2019-01-21T01:01:55-08:00January 21st, 2019|

After a 30+ year career in plant cell biology and to celebrate Natasha Raikhel’s extensive contribution to the scientific community during the past three decades, IIGB and the Botany & Plant Sciences department hosted a one-day Retirement Symposium in her honor on March 21, 2016 in the Genomics Auditorium. The day included talks from several [...]

IIGB Researcher Elected as 2015 AAAS Fellow

By |2019-01-21T01:00:50-08:00January 21st, 2019|

IIGB professor of genetics Hailing Jin was elected as a 2015 AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) Fellow in recognition of her contribution to innovation, education and scientific leadership in the Section on Biological Sciences. Fellows are nominated by the steering committees in the Association's 24 sections, comprised of three Fellows who are [...]

IIGB Scientist Receives $4M USDA Grant! (March 29, 2016)

By |2019-01-21T00:59:31-08:00January 21st, 2019|

A team of researchers led by an IIGB associate professor of plant pathology Wenbo Ma has been awarded a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in an attempt to save the United States citrus industry from a disease that has already devastated the industry worldwide. Huanglongbing (HLB), also known as citrus greening [...]

IIGB Geneticist Named Endowed Chair!

By |2019-01-21T00:57:14-08:00January 21st, 2019|

Susan R. Wessler, an IIGB/CEPCEB distinguished professor of genetics, has been named the Neil A. and Rochelle A. Campbell Presidential Chair for Innovation in Science Education in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS). Wessler, a passionate advocate for spreading the excitement of doing genomics research to undergraduate students, is the first scholar named [...]

IIGB Student Receives NSF GRFP Award!

By |2019-01-21T00:55:41-08:00January 21st, 2019|

Jessica Toth, a graduate student in IIGB/CEPCEB Associate Professor Sean Cutler’s lab, was one of 11 UCR graduate students and 2000 national awardees among 16,500 applicants who received a three-year NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. The GRFP provides three years of financial support within a five-year fellowship period ($34,000 annual stipend and $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to [...]

Improving Undergraduate Biology Instruction

By |2019-01-21T00:54:01-08:00January 21st, 2019|

Susan R. Wessler, an IIGB/CEPCEB/CDVR distinguished professor of genetics has teamed up with John Matsui at UC Berkeley, Joel Rothman at UC Santa Barbara and Paul Koch at UC Santa Cruz to develop an interconnected “Faculty Learning Community” to allow faculty at four campuses to share proven, successful methods that improve undergraduate biology instruction. Titled [...]

IIGB Scientist Reprograms Plants for Drought Tolerance

By |2019-01-21T00:52:02-08:00January 21st, 2019|

IIGB scientists led by associate professor Sean Cutler have successfully engineered drought-threatened crops to respond to an agrochemical as if it were abscisic acid (ABA), a stress hormone that inhibits plant growth and reduces water consumption to assist survival during droughts. The researchers worked with Arabidopsis, a model plant used widely in plant biology labs, [...]

RNA Paper Published in Nature Communications!

By |2019-01-21T00:50:38-08:00January 21st, 2019|

Hailing Jin, an IIGB professor of plant pathology and microbiology, and colleagues report in a paper published in Nature Communications that the structure of small RNA (an essential nucleic acid for all known forms of life and made from DNA) plays an important role in small RNA sorting. Without this sorting, RNA gene silencing, caused [...]