Mar 27, 2008

MCDB Professor Herb Waite and colleagues have discovered a unique materials strategy employed by the Humboldt squid in the makeup of its razor sharp beak. As reported in the journal Science, the tip of the beak is stronger and stiffer than any synthetic polymer, but stiffness is graded from tip to base. The findings may have applications in the design of novel synthetic materials consisting of mechanically mismatched materials.

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Feb 5, 2008

The University of California, Santa Barbara has been awarded nearly $2 million from the Larry L. Hillblom Foundation for innovative research in Alzheimer's disease. The grant will support an interdisciplinary investigation of the microtubule associated protein tau, which makes up the neurofibrillary tangles that are found in the brains of Alzheimer's patients. The research effort will be led by MCDB Professor Kenneth Kosik, co-director of UCSB's Neuroscience Research Institute and Harriman Professor of molecular, cellular, and developmental biology.

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Oct 8, 2007

Dr. Sherry Hikita, the Director of the UCSB Laboratory for Stem Cell Biology, has been awarded the Chemicon fellowship. Funded through the generosity of Chemicon, a subsidiary of Millipore Inc., the fellowship provides three years of support. As Director, Sherry will oversee renovation of a new CIRM shared stem cell laboratory facility on the third floor of Bio-2 and continue her studies of human embryonic stem cell differentiation.

Jun 19, 2007

MCDB Professor Dan Morse is the first scholar appointed to the Wilcox Family Chair in Biotechnology. The Wilcox professorship was established recently with a $700,000 gift from Gary and Susan Wilcox, who are both distinguished UCSB alumni, volunteer leaders, and longtime campus benefactors. Professor Morse's research is focused on the molecular mechanisms of biomineralization, with additional emphasis on biomolecular materials and biomimetic synthesis of new high-performance composites. He is also director of the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies.

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Friday, June 3rd at 4:30 pm @ MSI 2nd floor MSI Balcony with light refreshments and beverages

The Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology cordially invites you to a retirement celebration for Professor Duane Sears who looks forward to seeing students and colleagues (past and present) who helped shape his 39-year career at UCSB. If you plan to attend, please contact Christine Herman ( who is kindly coordinating this event.