January 2019
A Message from the Dean: A new year, and new student research through mentorship
As we welcome members of the Aggie community back to campus for 2019, we’re excited to share more outstanding research from our students.

Mackenzie Noon came to UC Davis in awe of how biology and computer science could together help combat diseases like malaria. His childhood background in computer programming inspired his desire to study genetics, an area known to generate large swaths of biological data. He works as an undergraduate researcher in the lab of Professor Ken Kaplan, who has helped mentor and guide Noon’s research studying yeast to stop cancer .

A rare bacterial disease almost took Katie Dahlhausen’s life during a trip to South America. The condition piqued her interest in microbiology and today she studies microbiomes as a biophysics graduate student in Professor Jonathan Eisen’s lab . Her research has led her to study koala bears with Chlamydia, a genus of bacteria which can also infect mammals, birds, reptiles and even amoebas.

Our students are fortunate to work alongside some of the world’s top experts in the life sciences. It’s a hallmark of the UC Davis experience that drives leading-edge research and prepares them for successful careers.

Go Ags!

Mark Winey, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Biological Sciences
Distinguished Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology 
P.S. Make a gift to support students in the College of Biological Sciences.
Grace Ha (in red jacket) researches the role camouflage plays in seagrass beds. David Slipher/UC Davis

Blending In: Grace Ha Investigates Camouflage in Seagrass Meadows

Morning fog hugs Horseshoe Cove, a wispy veil of gray masking the Pacific Ocean. As it rolls towards the beach by the Bodega Marine Laboratory, UC Davis students explore the cove’s tide pools, led by ecology graduate student Grace Ha.

A sea star engages in a slow motion life-or-death battle with a mussel, a bright yellow nudibranch traverses a kelp blade and a quarter-sized crab scurries among wet rocks.

“Camouflage is something children learn starting from a young age, and it’s an engrained part of how we think about ecology and evolution,” says Ha, noting that the idea of camouflage is really about predation.
News Highlights
Business Leader Heidi Jannenga Explains How a Purpose-Driven Career Can Shape Your Future
After her time at UC Davis, Heidi Jannenga went on to create WebPT, a leading physical therapy software and one of Inc. 5000’s fastest growing businesses for the sixth year in a row. 
Discovering My Voice at UC Davis: Jennifer La, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
In this Q&A, Jennifer La, a biochemistry and molecular biology major, talks about her journey to UC Davis and what it means to be a first generation student.
Upcoming Events
SACRAMENTO: Friday, Feb. 15
Pearls, Swine and Wine Dinner

Join the UC Davis Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute and Bodega Marine Lab for a three-course dinner at Mulvaney’s B&L to discuss food ecosystem sustainability with Patrick Mulvaney (Chef and Owner), Sue Conley (Co-Founder, Cowgirl Creamery), Terry Sawyer (Co-Founder, Hog Island Oyster Co.) and Randall Grahm (Founder, Bonny Doon Vineyard).

CMSI Director Rick Grosberg will moderate a panel discussion exploring how science is a critical part of creating California’s artisanal food and wine and how businesses can adapt to a changing environment. 

Did we mention the Hog Island oyster bar, artisanal appetizers, cocktails and wine from Bonny Doon is included?! Space is limited so get your tickets today!  
DAVIS: Saturday, Feb. 23
College of Biological Sciences Women's Basketball Game Day

Did you know that five members of the women's basketball team are undergraduate students in our college?

Join alumni and friends to cheer on the Aggies at home as they take on University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Basketball. Enter code AGGIEBIOALUM at the link below to reserve your free ticket for game day (while supplies last). Additional tickets may be purchased too. Please note, students already receive free admission to all games.

You may also contact the UC Davis Athletics Box Office at (530) 752-2471 to order tickets over the phone, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or stop by the Aggie Football Stadium in person.
Discovering Curiosity
Explore how a passion for science propelled our faculty on the path to research
Mining the Frontiers of Neuroscience with Wilsaan Joiner
As a new assistant professor in the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, Wilsaan Joiner explores sensorimotor integration: how sensory inputs, like vision, influence our motor actions and vice versa. From athletes to ballet dancers, fine motor control is an essential skill.
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