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Dr. Emma Aronson's lab helps find 5,000 year old carbon captured in Mexican mangroves

Congratulations to Dr. Emma Aronson's lab, who, in collaboration with UCSD, UC Mexus Personnel, & CCB personnel, has found that Mexican mangroves have been capturing carbon for 5,000 years. Their findings have recently been published in the Marine Ecology Progress Series (MEPS) journal: https://www.int-res.com/abstracts/meps/v695/p15-31/ Read more about this exciting research in the UC Riverside News...

Dr. Emma Aronson's lab publishes paper in Frontiers in Microbiology

Congratulations to Dr. Emma Aronson whose lab published a paper in the Frontiers in Microbiology journal titled "Landscape Topography and Regional Drought Alters Dust Microbiomes in the Sierra Nevada of California." The study was led by UC Presidential Postdoc Fellow, Dr. Mia Maltz who was also quoted in a recent article featured on UC Riverside...

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award Winner

Congratulations to Siyi Ge from the Microbiology and Plant Pathology department who has been awarded a 2021-2022 Outstanding Teaching Assistant (OTA) award. The Outstanding Teaching Assistant (OTA) Award is a departmental-level award granted by Graduate Division on behalf of the departments to recognize teaching excellence within specific fields. OTA Award recipients are recognized during the...

Graduate Student Invited Lectureship and Awards Ceremony 2021-2022

The department of Microbiology & Plant Pathology (MPP) had the pleasure of hosting this year's Graduate Student Invited Lectureship and Awards Ceremony 2021-2022 on May 27, 2022, in the Genomics Auditorium & Lobby. As the first major event back on-campus for the department, we were excited to have all of this year's award recipients present...
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Dr. Sydney Glassman's lab publishes paper in Molecular Ecology

Congratulations to Dr. Sydney Glassman whose lab has just published a paper in Molecular Ecology: "Mega-fire in redwood tanoak forest reduces bacterial and fungal richness and selects for pyrophilous taxa that are phylogenetically conserved" https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/mec.16399. This recent publication was featured on UC Riverside News. You can read the article here: https://news.ucr.edu/articles/2022/04/25/meet-forest-microbes-can-survive-megafires Since its publication, this...
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Dr. Glassman's research examines microbes' role in greenhouse gas emissions

Dr. Sydney Glassman, Professor in the department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology, provides insight into her current research, in partnership with the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, examining microbes' role in greenhouse gas emissions, which was recently featured in an article from UC Riverside News. You can read the article here: https://news.ucr.edu/articles/2022/03/30/why-doesnt-fire-kill-some-bacteria-and-fungi

Dr. Patrick Degnan leads study on how essential nutrients pass between cells

Congratulation to Dr. Patrick Degnan whose lab's study results have been published in the journal Cell Reports: "Mobilization of vitamin B12 transporters alters competitive dynamics in a human gut microbe" This recent publication was featured on UC Riverside News. You can read the article here.

Dr. Alexander Putman's lab collaborates on paper exploring natural fungicides

Congratulations to Dr. Alexander Putman whose lab collaborated in publishing a paper in Biotechnology and Bioengineering: "Exploring the potential of engineering polygalacturonase-inhibiting protein as an ecological, friendly, and nontoxic pest control agent" This recent publication was featured on UC Riverside News. You can read the article here.
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Dr. Juliet Morrison co-authors Opinion piece for the New York Times

Congratulations to Dr. Juliet Morrison for co-authoring an Opinion piece published in the New York Times regarding COVID vaccine guidelines. You can read the article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/19/opinion/covid-vaccine-guidelines.html
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Dr.Rong Hai receives $1.94M NIH R01 grant

Congratulations to PI Rong Hai, who has just received word that his National Institutes of Health R01 grant will be funded! The title of the grant is "Mechanistic Insights into flavivirus NS5-mediated STAT2" Suppression" and the total amount over 5 years is $1.94M
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Dr. Juliet Morrison appointed to Board of Trustees at Bard College

Congratulations to Dr. Juliet Morrison on being appointed to the Board of Trustees at Bard College. You can read the announcement from Bard College here: https://www.bard.edu/news/microbiologist-juliet-morrison-03-appointed-to-bard-college-board-of-trustees-2021-02-24
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Professor Hailing Jin publishes paper in Nature Plants

Professor Hailing Jin has just published an article in Nature Plants: "RNA-binding proteins contribute to small RNA loading in plant extracellular vesicles" https://www.nature.com/articles/s41477-021-00863-8. Professor Yinsheng Wang’s lab from Chemistry helped with proteomic analysis.
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Professor Hailing Jin publishes paper in Cell Host & Microbe

Congratulations to Professor Hailing Jin as she has published another high impact paper in less than a week! Professors Arthur Jia from BPSC and Xinping Cui from Statistics were co-authors. The citation is below. Chien-Yu Huang, Diana Sanchez Rangel, Xiaobo Qin, Christine Bui, Ruidong Li, Zhenyu Jia, Xinping Cui, Hailing Jin*. The chromatin remodeling protein...
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Dr. Hailing Jin publishes paper in PNAS on HLB research

Congratulations to Professor Hailing Jin, who has just published a paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA! Dr. Caroline Roper from Microbiology and Plant Pathology and Dr. John Trumble from Entomology are co-authors. The study showed that a heat stable peptide from finger lime is able to prevent and treat HLB of...
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Proteins enable crop-infecting fungi to ‘smell’ food

A new paper has been published by the Katherine Borkovich lab in the Microbiology and Plant Pathology Department titled "Heterotrimeric G-Protein Signaling Is Required for Cellulose Degradation in Neurospora crassa". To learn more about the paper and study see the excerpt from the UCR News Article below or click here to read the published study...
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Winners of MPP Department Awards 2020-21

Congratulations to the winners of the Microbiology and Plant Pathology Department Awards. The awards were presented on January 7th at the MPP Awards Ceremony and Graduate Student Invited Lectureship. Edmond C. Calavan Scholarship Winner- Antara Chakravarty, Plant Pathology Graduate Student Peter and Pamela Tsao Scholarship Winner- Lindsey Pedroncelli, Plant Pathology Graduate Student Microbiology Departmental Award...
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Dr. Jason Stajich Elected Fellow of the AAAS

Congratulations to Professor Jason Stajich on his election as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science! From the AAAS Site: Jason E. Stajich University of California, Riverside: For distinguished contributions at the interface of computational, genomic and evolutionary biology, using integrative approaches to study how fungi and other microorganisms evolve.

Dr. Caroline Roper is PI on $10M USDA-NIFA-ECDRE Grant

Congratulations to Associate Professor Caroline Roper, who is PI on a new 5-year $10M US Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture ECDRE grant! Professor Jason Stajich from our department is Co-PI. Other investigators from UCR include Danelle Seymour, Philippe Rolshausen and Ashraf el-Kereamy (Lindcove). The start date of the grant is 9/1/2020.
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UC Riverside’s ‘homemade’ testing lab in the spotlight

From the Article: "UC Riverside’s “homemade” COVID-19 testing lab has drawn widespread attention from Southern California media. The acknowledgment of the new lab’s success comes at a time when some universities across the nation have struggled to prevent campus outbreaks. The lab – created by UCR faculty – places the university in the elite company...

Dr. Ansel Hsiao is PI on $3.9M NIH RO1 Grant

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Ansel Hsiao, who is PI on a $3.9M National Institutes of Health RO1 grant entitled "Vibrio cholerae antinitrosative stress defenses and gut microbiome interaction" that was just awarded. Dr. Hsiao will receive $1.3 million over the next 5 years as PI.
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