Institute for Integrative Genome Biology


IIGB Student Receives NSF GRFP Award!

(May 14, 2015)

Jessica Toth, a graduate student in IIGB/CEPCEB Associate Professor Sean Cutler's lab, was one of 11 UCR graduate students and 2000 national awardees among 16,500 applicants who received a three-year NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Is GM Soybean Oil Healthier?

(March 13, 2015)

Poonamjot Deol, an assistant project scientist, and senior investigator and IIGB professor of cell biology and neuroscience Frances Sladek, found that GM soybean oil is just as unhealthy as regular soybean oil in that it also induces obesity, diabetes and fatty liver, although it does not cause insulin resistance - the inability to efficiently use the hormone insulin.

Improving Undergraduate Biology Instruction

(February 17, 2015)

Susan R. Wessler, an IIGB/CEPCEB/CDVR distinguished professor of genetics has teamed up with John Matsui at UC Berkeley, Joel Rothman at UC Santa Barbara and Paul Koch at UC Santa Cruz to develop an interconnected "Faculty Learning Community" to allow faculty at four campuses to share proven, successful methods that improve undergraduate biology instruction.

IIGB Scientist Reprograms Plants for Drought Tolerance

(February 8, 2015)

IIGB scientists led by associate professor Sean Cutler have successfully engineered drought-threatened crops to respond to an agrochemical as if it were abscisic acid (ABA), a stress hormone that inhibits plant growth and reduces water consumption to assist survival during droughts.

From Dynamic Genome Program to HHMI Fellowship!

(February 8, 2015)

Jack Wang, a junior majoring in biochemistry and soon declaring a minor in chemistry, was one of three UCR undergraduates who won prestigious fellowships from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Jack attributes this achievement to his participation in the undergraduate laboratory-intensive Genome Program created by IIGB distinguished professor Susan Wessler.

Living the Promise: See how faculty from the Center for Plant Cell Biology and the Center for Disease Vector Research are conducting breakthrough research in the areas of Sustainability and Health.


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