Science Market Update

UCR Life Science Study Uncovers Fruit Fly Metamorphosis Trigger

Posted by BCI Staff on Fri, Jan 27, 2017

Next week PLOS journal will publish an exciting article featuring a new biological discovery. Scientists at UC Riverside have discovered critical information regarding insect development.

This study uncovers the use of DNA as an organism’s biological clock in sexual development, or metamorphosis in insects. With applications in new cancer treatments, agriculture, human health and potential applications in zoology, this study opens gateways of undiscovered information. This is one exciting example of the potential in research and the intersectionality in life science, molecular biology and biotechnology supplies.


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Tags: CA, agriculture, DNA Research, Cancer, Genome, UCR, Fruit Fly

UC Riverside Bioresearcher Awarded $1M for Mosquito Studies

Posted by Robert Larkin on Fri, Feb 20, 2015

Mosquito bites and the deadly diseases they transmit are responsible for more human deaths than any other animal. Researchers at the University of California, Riverside are biting back- thanks, in part, to grants from the National Institutes of Health totaling nearly $1 million.

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Tags: CA, University of California Riverside, California, 2015, life sciences research, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Research Funding, UCR, NIH grants

UCR Bioresearchers Unravel Secret of Gecko Feet

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Dec 04, 2014

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.

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Tags: CA, 2015, UC Riverside, UCR

Wessler receives McClintock Prize for her study of transposable elements

Posted by David Larsen on Tue, Nov 11, 2014


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.

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Tags: CA, University of California Riverside, California, 2015, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Riverside, UC Riverside, UCR

UC Riverside Bioengineers Increase Biofuel Yield By 50%

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Aug 21, 2014

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.

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Tags: 2014, CA, University of California Riverside, California, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Riverside, UC Riverside, UCR

Two New Life Science Grants Awarded to UC Riverside Researchers

Posted by Jennifer Nieuwkerk on Mon, Jun 30, 2014

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.

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Tags: 2014, CA, University of California Riverside, California, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Riverside, UC Riverside, new research grants, UCR, life science research funding

Science Research Funding Increases by $8M in 12 Months at UCR

Posted by Jennifer Nieuwkerk on Mon, Jun 02, 2014

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.

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Tags: 2014, CA, University of California Riverside, California, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Riverside, UC Riverside, new research grants, UCR, life science research funding

New Research Building Plans Announced at UC Riverside

Posted by Jennifer Nieuwkerk on Tue, May 06, 2014

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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Tags: 2014, CA, University of California Riverside, new research building, Life Science Funding, California, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Riverside, UC Riverside, UCR

California Life Science Events Information Resource

Posted by Katheryn Rein on Tue, Aug 27, 2013

Are you a lab supplier who is looking to increase your presence or expand your influence at the top California Universities? Take advantage of these upcoming life science trade shows that will provide you with an effective way to network with leading California researchers:

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Tags: 2014, CA, 2013, University of Southern California, Southwest, USC, Los Angeles, LAVS, San Diego, SDVS, BioResearch Product Faire Event, UC San Diego, Biotechnology Vendor Showcase, Riverside, UC Riverside, Irvine, UCI, UC Irvine, UCR, UC Los Angeles

UC Riverside Gets Additional $15 Million a Year for Med School

Posted by Jennifer Nieuwkerk on Tue, Jul 09, 2013

The University of California, Riverside was recently guaranteed $15 million a year in continuous funding for the University’s much anticipated medical school when Governor Jerry Brown signed the state’s budget on June 27th. The University of California, Riverside’s medical school will be the first new public medical school on the West Coast in almost 50 years and is expected to be a powerful economic force on the region. The school will also help address the low doctor-to-patient ratio in the region.

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Tags: 2014, CA, 2013, University of California Riverside, Southwest, California, University of California, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Riverside, UC Riverside, UCR

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