University of California, Riverside Professor of Biomedical Sciences Maurizio Pellecchia has received two grants, totaling nearly $2.5 million, to continue research on developing drugs to fight cancer, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and other neurodegenerative diseases.Read More
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Ground breaking on new Multidisciplinary Research Building November 2016 at UC Riverside.
Geckos are fascinating creatures. They walk up walls and upside down effortlessly, seemingly mocking those bound to the ground. Though bioresearchers have studied gecko feet extensively to demystify their secret power, it is still not clear whether a gecko can adhere to surfaces without trying or whether it has to put in muscular effort. To find the answer, a team of biologists at the University of California, Riverside conducted a study to test whether death affects a gecko’s adhesive ability.
We already know that the “stickiness” of geckos’ feet actually comes from tiny hairs on their toe pads called setae. Setae adhere to surfaces by frictional forces and forces between molecules. They are so strong that a single five-toed gecko foot, equipped with millions of setae, can support 20 times a gecko’s body weight.Read More
Athens, Ga. - Susan R. Wessler of the University of California, Riverside has been awarded the McClintock Prize for Plant Genetics and Genome Studies, an honor given annually by the Maize Genetics Executive Committee, or MGEC. The announcement was made Oct. 28 by Jeff Bennetzen, MGEC member and the Norman and Doris Giles Professor of Genetics and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar at the University of Georgia.
Bioengineers across the country are working on developing the best biofuel technology, with the goal of producing the most fuel yield from a given biomass. This May, for instance, we reported on a MSU bioresearcher who worked on optimizing the process of creating biodiesel. A research team at the University of California, Riverside has recently come up with the most effective method yet.
A new life science grant awarded by the National Institutes of Health will allow researchers at the University of California, Riverside to better store their life science data and information. The university has received funding of $600,000 from the National Institutes of Health to support data-intensive research.
Federal science research funding has taken a great leap at the University of California, Riverside in the past 12 months: an $8 million leap, to be exact, in federally funded new research grants. UC Riverside aspires to gain a bigger market share over the next five years. Currently, the university is in the top 100 universities for federally funded research. By working on innovative projects and increasing the UC Riverside influence in the science research community, UC Riverside hopes to reach the top 50 universities in coming years. The University of California, Riverside campus aims to triple funding in about ten years, requiring an annual growth of about 14 percent.
A new research building is in its planning stages at the University of California, Riverside according to Kim A. Wilcox, chancellor of UC Riverside. In a formal Investiture ceremony on the University of California, Riverside campus, Wilcox made remarks highlighting the university’s plans to increase the number of research lab scientists working on campus, add a new research building to the UC Riverside campus, and achieve increased globalization.
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