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Two MCIP Faculty Named Chancellor's Fellows

Professor Ching-Hsien Chen and Professor Carrie Finno are among 12 faculty named. “These 12 newest fellows represent our university at its very best,” Chancellor Gary S. May said. “They are now part of a proud 22-year history for the Chancellor’s Fellows program. These fellows are making advances that help solve complex and critical issues, while also helping our students become critical thinkers and problem-solvers.”

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Professor Karen Zito Elected 2021 AAAS Fellow

MCIP is proud to announce the election of faculty member Dr. Karen Zito as a AAAS fellow. This distinction is one of the highest honors given to a scientist. We are so proud and honored to have such a distinguished investigator within our ranks. Congratulations Dr. Zito! She was selected "for contributions to understanding excitatory synapse formation and the dynamics of postsynaptic density proteins." She is one of nine UC Davis faculty elected to AAAS this year.

Discovering how diabetes leads to vascular disease

A team of UC Davis Health scientists and physicians has identified a cellular connection between diabetes and one of its major complications — blood vessel narrowing that increases risks of several serious health conditions, including heart disease and stroke. For the new study, published in The Journal of Clinical Investigationthe Navedo lab team conducted a series of experiments on the effects of high glucose on cerebral blood vessels and arteri

Engineering a Balanced Diet? Hormone FGF21 Promotes Protein Preference

To function daily, your body gleans energy from three food-derived macronutrients: carbohydrates, fats and proteins. How you divvy up those macronutrients in your diet is a matter of personal preference. But what if you could train your brain to prefer one macronutrient over the other? In a study appearing in EndocrinologyRyan and her colleagues, including Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology Ph.D.

Discovering Curiosity: Fighting Neuromuscular Disorders with New Faculty Lucas Smith

In debilitating neuromuscular disorders, like muscular dystrophies and cerebral palsy, the body’s muscles scar, turning fibrotic and stiff. “What’s not really understood is how the scar tissue ends up making such a stiff muscle,” said Assistant Professor Lucas Smith, Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior. “For us, it might take intense exercise or resistance training to cause a bit of damage, which elicits a regenerative response. In dystrophic conditions, just typical muscle contractions can damage the muscle and that chronic injury leads to fibrosis.”