July 08, 2016

By Nicholas Weiler on June 03, 2016

Joseph L. DeRisi, PhD, chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UCSF and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors accorded to an American scientist.

June 30, 2016

Congratulations to MSTP V Jeremy Bancroft-Brown for receiving the Achievement Reward for College Scientists (ARCS) Scholarship, a competitive scholarship that rewards excellence in research. Jeremy is one of two BioE students receiving the award, and there are 10 ARCS Scholars at UCSF overall. The award provides scholars with a stipend for the 2016-17 academic year.

June 20, 2016

This year, for the first time ever, the Graduate Division held its annual commencement ceremony at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco. More graduate programs have been added in recent years, and the popularity of the event has soared, so the ceremony had outgrown any space at UCSF. The lovely, historic setting of the Nourse not only provided ample room for graduates and their families, but also added a sense of importance to the always heartwarming celebration.

A new technique tested in mice can convert cells that drive liver disease (red) into healthy new liver cells capable of regenerating the damaged liver (dark green). Image by the Willenbring Lab
June 03, 2016

By Nicholas Weiler on June 02, 2016

Advances in stem cell research have made it possible to convert patients’ skin cells into heart cells, kidney cells, liver cells and more in the lab dish, giving researchers hope that one day such cells could replace organ transplantation for patients with organ failure. But successfully grafting these cells into patients’ failing organs remains a major clinical challenge.