Biological Sciences

Susan V. Bryant and Manuel N. Gomez

Listening in on Susan Bryant and Manuel Gomez

Two vice chancellors with deep roots at UCI reflect on their careers, forecast their futures.

Researcher collecting tide samples

Toxic tides

Sunny Jiang, a UC Irvine researcher studying pollution in Orange County’s coastal waters, recently got a graphic look at how swimming and surfing in the ocean can make people sick. She and a team of graduate students charted incidents of poor water quality at Southern California beaches over a 10-year period and the number of […]

UCI professor William Cooper and his students count and catalog plastic trash

Trashing the ocean

On a clear spring day at Crystal Cove State Park, UC Irvine professor William Cooper and undergraduate Tova Handelman sift though a mound of seaweed and sand, oblivious to the curious stares of beachgoers. They’re too busy studying trash. “Look at all this plastic!” says Cooper, picking out a pellet no bigger than a grain […]

Jeff Greenberg, Stephen Jenks and Sung-Jin Kim

Incubating innovation

UCI’s new TechPortal smooths the road from invention to successful commercialization of university-based inventions.

New stem cell building a hub of hope, healing

Dedication of UCI’s Sue & Bill Gross Hall is milestone in effort to unlock stem cells’ potential and marks a milestone for the future of medicine.

Hub of healing

What excites Nan Luke about the new Sue and Bill Gross Hall: A CIRM Institute at UC Irvine isn’t the spacious clinic or pristine laboratories, offices and meeting rooms. It’s the interaction that will take place there between patients like herself and researchers. Both are driving the effort to see if and how stem cells […]

Transgenic Hydra expressing the green fluorescent protein.

UCI a historical hotbed of hydra research

UCI biologists’ groundbreaking work with the freshwater polyp hydra helped put a young campus on the map.

Gregory Weiss

Young scientists of the world unite

Global Young Academy, co-chaired by UCI chemist Gregory Weiss, supports, gives voice to world’s junior researchers.

Plant predator

Plants, insects wage garden war

Plants that grow rapidly have poor internal defenses against pests. So it’s ladybugs, and others, to the rescue.

UCI professor Francisco Ayala

UCI professor wins 2010 Templeton Prize

Francisco Ayala, UC Irvine professor of ecology & evolutionary biology, who has vigorously opposed the entanglement of science and religion while also calling for mutual respect between the two, has won the 2010 Templeton Prize.