Stephen C. Kowalczykowski, professor of microbiology; Maria Spies, Ichiro Amitani, and Ronald J. Baskin have published a
paper in Cell magazine explaining that the DNA helicase RecBCD's translocation velocity reduces when it reaches recombination hotspots known as Chi sites because RecBCD changes which one of its two motor subunits is in the lead.
Mark L. Wheelis wins the College of Biological Sciences Teaching Award
Mark Wheelis , senior lecturer, microbiology received the 2006-2007 College of Biological Sciences Teaching Award. Microbiology Chair Doug Nelson and Dean Ken Burtis presented the award at the 2007 CBS Fall Welcome reception.
The future of California tiger salamanders
Bradley Shaffer, professor of evolution and ecology and former UCD doctoral student Benjamin Fitzpatrick published important findings for the future of California tiger salamanders in the online edition of the
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Their research contradicts prevailing scientific thought about what happens when animal species interbreed.
Mutual Feedbacks Maintain Both Genetic and Species Diversity
Sharon Strauss, professor of evolution and ecology and former doctoral student Richard Lankau published research in the journal,
Science. The research is one of the first studies to show that genetic diversity and species diversity depend on each other and are necessary to maintain diversity within a species.
Sgs1 prevents aberrant crossing-over during meiosis
Neil Hunter, associate professor of microbiology, and colleagues have published an article in the journal,
Cell, about the gene Sgs1's role in preventing aberrant crossovers during meiotic DNA double-strand-break repair in yeast cells. Sgs1 is the budding yeast homolog of the human gene defective
in patients with Bloom’s Syndrome, an inherited disease associated with chromosome instability and increased cancer risk that is most prevalent in Ashkenazi Jews. The findings from the Hunter group shed light on how lack of this protein results in chromosomal
American Society of Plant Biologists Award goes to William Lucas
Jonathan Eisen, professor, UC Davis Genome Center, has coauthored a new textbook,
Evolution, that unites the most recent developments in genomics and molecular biology with traditional evolutionary biology.
Harada wins the Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award