Department of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy
UC Davis, the third largest of the 10 campus UC System, is now ranked among the top 10 public universities in the nation. UCD includes the main campus in Davis, and the UC Davis Health campus in Sacramento, which includes the School of Medicine. Our department is one of the 6 basic science departments in the School of Medicine. While the UC Davis Health clinical and educational facilities are located on the Sacramento campus, the UC Davis Health research mission has a presence on both campuses, with the basic science departments located on the Davis campus. This arrangement places us in a great position to bridge the research missions of the UC Davis Health, with that of the main campus, which is home to one of the largest biological science faculties in the nation, and which includes both the College of Biological Sciences and School of Veterinary Medicine.
As part of an overall strategy of building its research strength, the School of Medicine committed to renovation and expansion of its basic research mission. As a result, UC Davis Medical School has had the fastest growth in basic research funding of all US medical schools for several years running, having moved from a ranking of 62nd to 26th since 2001. We recently completed renovation of 19,000 square feet of research space, and the hiring of 6 new FTE faculty. In addition we created space within the department to house faculty from clinical departments to enrich the research environment and build programmatic strength. The Department, while among the smallest in the nation, is ranked 14th for extramural research funding among cell biology and Anatomy Departments. Our growth is occurring in parallel with the expansion and renovation of several of the biological science units on campus, and in the UC Davis Health, creating an environment rich in opportunity for creative young scientists motivated to take advantage of a wealth of collaborative opportunities.
A biotechnology startup enabled by UC Davis, Molecular Matrix Inc., has received Food and Drug Administration clearance for a carbohydrate-based polymer that can help injured bones heal and regrow. For Charles Lee, the founder of Molecular Matrix and also an assistant adjunct professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy at the UC Davis School of Medicine, the FDA clearance marks an exciting turning point for the company UC Davis helped him found in 2011. Read more about this news article here (PDF).
Dr. Doug Gross, Professor, joined 39 other physicians, nurses, paramedics and health specialists in Puerto Rico to care for those displaced by Hurricane Maria. Read more about this news article (PDF).
Dr. Paul Knoepfler's lab has some funding from the childhood cancer foundation called Alex’s Lemonade Stand. The foundation now has a fundraiser on-going where all the money raised goes to the labs doing the research and the foundation matches it dollar for dollar. His lab has set up a UC Davis team. So if they meet the team goal of $25K, Alex’s Lemonade Stand gives his lab $50K more for our research on childhood cancer. Read more about this from here and here. Anyone who is interested can sign up at https://www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/1358985.
Departmental faculty member Dr. Neil Hunter, is one among the seven UC Davis faculty members newly elected as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Read more about this news article here.
Dr. Tom Glaser, Professor, and other researchers at the University of Michigan and UC Davis have solved a genetic mystery that has afflicted three unrelated families, and possibly others, for generations. These families have been plagued by a variety of congenital eye malformations, including small eyes with poor vision and the complete absence of eyes. But until now, no one could figure out the genetic basis for these conditions. Read more about this news article here.
Of all the recent advances in science and medicine, one of the most promising relates to stem cells. Are they a miracle cure? What dangers lurk? Dr. Paul Knoepfler from UC Davis School of Medicine and author of Stem Cells - An Insider's Guide discusses the research and future of stem cells. Click here to learn more.
A Recent publication of the SDSL EPR and crystallographic structure of a tetrameric fragment of Vimentin, from the FitzGerald and Voss labs, was featured on the Nature Structural Biology website, under Research Advances: Symmetry from Asymmetry . The feature may be found here.
Subject: [cvnet] 2015 Verriest Medal awarded to Professor John S. Werner
The International Colour Vision Society (ICVS) is pleased to announce that the 2015 Verriest Medal will be awarded to Professor John S. Werner at the 23nd Biennial ICVS Symposium to take place in Sendai, Japan, July 3rd-7th, 2015. This award was established in 1991 in memory of the founding member of the Society, Dr. Guy Verriest, and honors outstanding contributions in the field of color vision.
Professor Werner received his Ph.D. from Brown University under the supervision of Professor Billy Wooten in the Walter S. Hunter Laboratory of Psychology. He conducted postdoctoral research with Professor Jan Walraven at the Institute for Perception – TNO in Soesterberg, The Netherlands. He was a member of the Psychology faculty at the University of Colorado, Boulder and is presently a Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of California Davis where also holds appointments in Vision Science, and Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior.
An active member of ICVS and of it predecessor, IRGCVD, he is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the Gerontological Society of America and the Optical Society of America. He received the Pisart Vision Award from Lighthouse International and he presented the University of Colorado, Boulder distinguished research lecture and the Optical Society of America Robert M. Boynton lecture.
He has made important contributions to our knowledge of the development and aging of color mechanisms using psychophysics, VEP's and most recently optical imaging techniques, OCT and adaptive optics. He has contributed to our understanding of the processes of aging in perception particularly as they relate to plasticity and potential clinical applications. Throughout his career he has maintained an active interest in opponent color mechanisms, color in art and color illusions.
A generation of vision scientists has enjoyed the benefits of reading the many books he has coedited. These include, Visual Perception: The Neurophysiological Foundations, Color Vision: Perspectives from Different Disciplines, The Visual Neurosciences , and The New Visual Neurosciences, which like Professor Werner’s own research have brought together discoveries from anatomy, physiology and psychophysics to illuminate fundamental mechanisms underlying human perception.