A Time for Reflection

new research, laurels and podcasts

This week saw rain here in Davis. After a week of 90-degree heat, we’d gotten used to summer feeling closer. Seasons seem to last only a few days at a time now. It’s more like winter again, and though campus is on alert because of recent events in our community, I am glad to say that our spring quarter has seen many notable achievements.

For those of you who are podcast fans, the college was especially well covered by recent campus podcasts, the first of which featured Rachael Bay, an assistant professor of evolution and ecology, who recently sat down with Chancellor May as part of his Face-to-Face series. They discussed the future of ocean life. I hope you'll take a look.

The second podcast, which is actually created and run by UC Davis students, featured Jonathan Eisen, a professor of evolution and ecology, and a core faculty member of the Genome Center. Professor Eisen sat down with the students to discuss the role of microbes in our lives, open sourcing in academia, and the importance of equity and diversity in higher education. I recommend both episodes!

And speaking of students, I was especially pleased to see that not one but two CBS graduate students landed the first and second-place prizes at this year’s UC Davis Grad Slam competition. My congratulations to both of them.

Next month’s Biome will be the last of this academic year. I expect it will come with a few more big announcements, which I look forward to sharing.

In the meantime, I hope you stay safe. 


Mark Winey, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Biological Sciences

Distinguished Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology 

Featured image: Earlier this year, the UC Davis Student Chapter of the American Society for Microbiology hosted a creative bioluminescent “Agar Art” event. Participants painted agar plates with a suspension of bioluminescent photo-bacterium phosphorus, let them grow up and took pics of the living art pieces. See a highlight reel of all of them on Instagram. (Miriam Markum)


CBS Grad Students Snag First and Second Place in Grad Slam

Julia Mouat, a Ph.D. candidate in integrative genetics and genomics, and Nalina Aiempichitkijkarn, a Ph.D. student in animal behavior, won the first and second-place prizes respectively at the 2023 UC Davis Grad Slam competition.

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Research & Discovery


Zoonomia Consortium Unveils Mammal Genomes, Creates Evolutionary Timeline

In a special issue of Science, a comparison of 240 mammal genomes by Department of Evolution and Ecology researchers and colleagues sheds light on mammalian evolution, with implications for conservation and human and animal health. 

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Health & Medicine


Center for Neuroscience Researcher Studies the Transience of Memory

Charan Ranganath, a core faculty member with the Center for Neuroscience, is exploring the ways memory lasts or fades, and how scientists can detect signs of neurodegenerative diseases earlier.  

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Intermittent Fasting, Balanced or a Keto Diet? Food for Thought

Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior researchers study how our bodies respond to physical activity and in what ways different diets affect our metabolism. This Q&A addresses how balanced, intermittent fasting and keto diets affect our bodies.

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Alumni Feature


CBS Alum Takes Passion for Research to the Genome Center

Majken Horton always wanted to know how things work. In 2022, she earned a degree in genetics and genomics, and is now an academic researcher in a lab at the Genome Center, where her curiosity is being put to good use.

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Media Spotlight


Center for Neuroscience Director Interviewed on NPR

Kimberley McAllister, a professor of neurobiology, physiology and behavior, and the director of the center, spoke with NPR about how COVID during pregnancy may alter brain development in boys.

>> Listen to the interview

Featured Event


A Storer Lecture on the Evolution of the Brain

Philip Gunz is a researcher at the Max Plank Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. He studies what makes us human by comparing our own species with our closest living and fossil relatives.

Public Lecture

Wednesday May 17 @ 4:10pm

Neanderthals Agree You Have a Weird Head: Fossil Traces of Brain Evolution

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Peer Lecture

Wednesday May 18 @ 4:10pm

Connecting Genotype and Phenotype: The Next Frontier in the Palaeosciences

>> Registration and info

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