University of California, Riverside

Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics

Program News

Several Faculty Have Joined GGB

March 31, 2016

A warm welcome to several new GGG faculty members.

Dr. Omar S. Akbari is a new Assistant Professor in Entomology, and his research is in developing innovative synthetic biology inspired genetic control strategies for insects.
Dr. Meng Chen is an Assistant Professor in Plant Biology, and his research focuses on light signaling and genome organization in plants.

Dr Rong Hai is a new Assistant Professor in Plant Pathology and Microbiology, and his research is about mechanisms of virus-induced pathogenicity.

Dr. Ansel Hsiao also is an Assistant Professor in Plant Pathology and Microbiology, and is research focuses on mechanisms of gut microbiota-mediated resistance to bacterial infections, inter-species quorum sensing, and regulation of Vibrio cholerae pathogenesis.

Dr. Arthur Jia is a new Assistant Professor in Plant Biology, and his research is about quantitative genetics and statistical genomes, especially focusing on genomic selection in crops;bioinformatics and biostatistics in disease, for example prostate cancer.

Dr. Daniel Koenig is a new Assistant Professor in Plant Biology, and his research is about evolutionary genomics and genetics in plants.

Dr. Amy Litt is a new Assistant Professor in Plant Biology, and her research focuses on molecular basis of plant evolution and development, flower and fruit morphology and evolution, molecular evolution, domestication, systematics.

Incoming Fall 2015 Students are Here

October 14, 2015

We are very happy that the Fall 2015 students have arrived!  We hope that our new students will have a rewarding and enjoyable stay in the GGB graduate program.

Fall 2015 Students 

Left to right: Elizabeth Deyett, John Sharifi, Angela Reinert, James Randolph, Qihua Liang, Leonel Islas, Tiantian Ye, Emre Aksoy.  (Not pictured: Zachary Piserchia)

Another Successful GGB Graduate Student Research Symposium - 2015

October 8, 2015

Congratulations to Jonathan Deans for the Best Presentation Award; Ruidong Li for Honorable Mention; and Thanin Chantarachot for Best Poster Award!  A special thanks to Dr. Naoki Yamanaka for his keynote address; and to the student symposium committee for all their hard work. And thank you to all the students and faculty for participating and making this symposium a success and a memorable event for everyone.  Click here for pictures.

Welcome Dr. Wenxiu Ma!

October 8, 2015

Dr. Wenxiu Ma, a Statistics faculty member, is the newest member of GGB!

Dr. Ma's primary research interest is in developing computational algorithms and statistical methods to solve problems that stem from large-scale biological data generated by high-throughput sequencing technologies and also the following.

Computational Biology and Bioinformatics

  • Genome Architecture, Transcriptional Regulation, Gene Expression Profiling, Epigenomics, High-throughput Sequencing Analysis, Motif Analysis, System Biology, Cancer Genomics.

Statistical Modeling in Genomics

  • Bayesian Inference, Empirical Bayes, Hierarchical Models

Machine Learning

Again, welcome Dr. Ma!

Dr. Adler Dillman joins GGB!

February 24, 2015

Dr. Adler Dillman, a Nematology faculty member, has joined GGB--welcome Dr. Dillman!

Dr. Dillman's lab study host-parasite interactions from both perspectives, using insect host models. Their interest is in how hosts recognize and initiate an immune response to parasites and how parasites evade and/or suppress immunity. They study parasite host-seeking behavior and olfaction using parasitic nematodes. To investigate how parasites evade and/or suppress host immunity they are studying which proteins are involved in this process and are working to identify their targets.

From the host perspective they study how nematode parasites are recognized and the immune response that follows. To do this they use a variety of insect hosts. As part of this work they study host immunity generally using bacterial pathogens, nematode parasites, and other immune insults such as cancer. In studying immunity they differentiate the relative roles of resistance, the ability of the host to reduce or eliminate pathogen burden, and disease tolerance or the ability of the host to manage the effects of infections.

Two Biomedical Sciences Faculty Members have Joined GGB!

January 28, 2015

Dr. Ilhem Messaoudi, Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences, and Dr. Meera G. Nair, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences, have joined GGB.

Dr. Messaoudi's research focuses on mechanisms of immune dysregulation by age, nutrition and viral infections.

Research in Dr. Nair's lab is focused on understanding the function of macrophages recruited to mucosal sites following infection and how they regulate host immunity and inflammation.

GGB is very glad these two faculty members have joined our program.

Fall 2014 New Graduate Students are Here!

October 2, 2014

We welcome the incoming Fall 2014 GGB students!  Left to right: Suhas Sureshchandra, Jeff Li, Sawyer Masonjones, Jui-Yu Liao, Albert Do, Lichao Li, and Mikkal Blick.

 Fall 2014 Students

 Welcome Dr. Martín M. Riccomagno to GGB!

September 30, 2014

Dr. Martin Riccomagno has joined GGB as its newest faculty member. Dr. Riccomagno is with Cell Biology and Neuroscience and his research focuses on molecular mechanisms of neural circuit establishment and refinement. Welcome Dr. Riccomagno!

2014 GGB Graduate Student Research Symposium a Success!

September 25, 2014

The 2014 GGB Graduate Student Research Symposium was another success! The students gave very good presentations and posters. Congratulations to Sarah Perry for the Best Presentation Award; Eric Smith for Honorable Mention; and Yahui Li for Best Poster Award. Dr. Ted Karginov gave the keynote address. We thank all the students and faculty for participating and making this a memorable event for everyone who was involved.  Click here for pictures.

Dr. Carolyn G. Rasmussen joins GGB

September 25, 2014

We welcome Dr. Carolyn Rasmussen! 

Dr. Rasmussen is a new Assistant Professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, and her research focuses on molecular mechanisms of plant cell division and the relationship between division plane orientation and development.

Three New Faculty Have Joined GGB

September 19, 2014

GGB warmly welcomes the following newest faculty members!

Dr. Jamie Van Norman is in the Botany and Plant Sciences Department, and her research is currently focused on investigating the role of cell polarity in root development and tissue patterning.

Dr. Naoki Yamanaka is with the Entomology Department and his research deals with neuroendocrine control of insect developmental transitions.

Dr. Sika Zheng is a faculty member in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program.  His research is the genetic regulation and molecular mechanisms of neural development and neurogenetic disorders.

Graduate Students, Stephen Bolaris and Caroline Sjogren Win Best Poster!

July 21, 2014

Congratulations to Stephen Bolaris and Caroline Sjogren for winning "Best Poster" at the 2014 Plant Genome Stability and Change Conference at UC Davis, July 17-20, 2014.  The poster title was "Aluminum promotes root growth inhibition through an ATR- and SOG1-mediated response." Good job!

Dr. Weifeng Gu is the Newest GGB Faculty Member

May 20, 2014

Dr. Weifeng Gu has joined GGB as its newest faculty member.  Dr. Gu's research focuses on Non-coding small RNAs in gene regulation and anti-virus.  Welcome Dr. Gu!

Graduate Student, Keira Lucas, Receives Two Awards!

November 25, 2013

Keira Lucas has received the Earle C. Anthony Travel award for her talk, "Characterization of microRNA's involved in regulation of mosquito gonadotrophic cycles" which was presented at the Entomology Society of America Annual Meeting – Entomology 2013 in Austin, Texas.  Keira  presented her research regarding the use of newly established transgenic tools in mosquito to better understand the tissue specific action of miRNAs during the female mosquito reproductive life stages. She also received an ESA Entomology 2013 Program Enhancement Fund from the conference organizers.  Congratulations Keira!

Welcome Fall 2013 Incoming GGB Graduate Students!

September 27, 2013

We welcome our new incoming Fall 2013 Graduate Students, (L-R) Ruidong Li, Yahui Li, Thanin Chantarachot, Stephen Bolaris, and Erin Sternburg.

13F new students

Congratulations to Stephanie Coffman for Best Presentation; Jinfeng Lu for Honorable Mention; and Michael Matson for Best Poster at the 2013 GGB Graduate Student Research Symposium

September 27, 2013

We thank all the students for their outstanding presentations and the faculty members who participated in the 2013 Graduate Student Research Symposium.  This year Dr. Bradley White gave the keynote address, postdocs were invited to give presentations and there was a poster session.  Undergraduate students were invited to participate in the poster session.  Thanks again to everyone for making this year's symposium a success!  Click here for pictures.


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