Gratitude at Year's End

a year of successes and impact 

Winter doesn’t begin officially until later this month, but there was ice on the cars (and roofs!) this morning. Being from Philadelphia, ice in December isn’t something all that unusual to me, but here in our region of California it’s always a bit of a surprise. With finals behind us, and the end of the year just around the corner, things are slowing down on campus.

This year has come with its fair share of challenges and obstacles for our college’s community. A year-end message is one way I can share my appreciation for our dedicated faculty and outstanding staff. I’m deeply grateful for each of them, and for their efforts to keep our college running smoothly, and for maintaining continual levels of excellence. Thank you!

I am also appreciative of the college’s many supporters. This year saw a record number of gifts to CBS, as well as record-breaking philanthropic contributions to our university as a whole. To all of the college’s many generous donors, I thank you for your continued support of our institution. To those who are considering giving, gifts of any amount make a difference, and, in many cases, are tax deductible. If you would like to make a gift in the support of the college, you can do so here.

This year saw a number of exciting accomplishments for the college. We welcomed well over 6,000 students at the start of the academic year, and our faculty continued to publish new papers on diverse topics ranging from evolution in reef fish to respiration in single-celled organisms. You can see some of our many highlights in our year-end video.

Campus will be getting quieter over the next week, as many in our community take well-deserved time away from the office to be with their loved ones. I will be doing the same and wish each of you health and happiness during this holiday season, and peace through the coming year.

See you in 2023!


Mark Winey, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Biological Sciences

Distinguished Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology 

Featured image: Bovine pulmonary artery endothelial cells, which form the barrier between vessels and tissues, stained to reveal mitochondria, phalloidin, and nuclei. (Shutterstock)

Research & Discovery


New Study Indicates Disease-Resistant Corals Can Help ‘Rescue’ Vulnerable Ones

A new study from the Department of Evolution and Ecology found that when corals of the same genotype — or genetic makeup — grow together, they are more vulnerable to disease than corals that grow among a mixture of genotypes.

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Health & Medicine


Making Prosthetics More Lifelike

Ongoing work by collaborators in disciplines across campus - including in the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior - may help make prosthetics for amputees more intuitive and functional.

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Breaking the Loop Leading to Muscular Fibrosis

A team of UC Davis researchers including faculty in the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior is on a mission to solve a key mystery in the formation of muscular fibrosis. 

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Featured Recognition


CBS Plant Ecologist One of Five to Receive L'Oréal Fellowship

Marina LaForgia, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Evolution and Ecology, studies the ecology of seeds and plans to create a class called "Badass Babes of Botany."

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CBS in the Media


Exercise Physiologist in Washington Post Article on Collagen Supplements

Keith Baar, a physiologist and professor in the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior discussed the latest research on the benefits of collagen.

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Happening in 2023


Storer Lectureships in the Life Sciences

March 7

Sean Eddy

HHMI Investigator

Ellmore C. Patterson Professor

Molecular and Cellular Biology

Harvard University

March 15-16

Ivette Perfecto

James E. Crowfoot Collegiate Professor of Environmental Justice

University of Michigan

April 24-25

Doris Tsao

HHMI Investigator

Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute

UC Berkeley 

May 17-18

Philipp Gunz

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Registration links are forthcoming. Events will be hybrid format.

Dates subject to change.

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